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Gaddafi kept photos of 'darling' Rice

2011-08-26 08:37

Tripoli - Libyan rebels who took control of Muammar Gaddafi’s sprawling compound made a surprising discovery in one of the buildings: a photo album with pictures of Condoleezza Rice.

Although the discovery may not be that surprising, over the years the Libyan leader's comments and actions related to the former secretary of state have raised a few eyebrows.

Consider how he talked about her in an interview with Al-Jazeera television in 2007, where he hinted that then-President George W Bush's top diplomat wielded considerable influence in the Arab world.

"I support my darling black African woman," he said. "I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders. ... Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. ... I love her very much. I admire her, and I'm proud of her, because she's a black woman of African origin."

The following year, Gaddafi and Rice had an opportunity to meet when the secretary of state paid a historic visit to Libya - one that made steps toward normalising relations after the United States went decades without an ambassador in Tripoli. (The US "doesn't have any permanent enemies"), she said during the trip.

Gaddafi welcomed Rice in his home - one that President Ronald Reagan once ordered bombed in retaliation for Libya's attack on a German disco - for the traditional meal that ends the daylight fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Once again, he repeatedly addressed Rice - "Condi" to her friends - as "Leezza", her aides said.

During the visit, he presented Rice with a diamond ring, a lute, a locket with an engraved likeness of himself inside and an inscribed edition of "The Green Book", a personal political manifesto that explains his "Third Universal Theory for a new democratic society".

Together, the haul was worth $212 000. (Rules prevent her, or any other US official, from keeping gifts from foreign leaders - they generally end up in a warehouse, and some may turn up years later in a presidential library).

Flash forward three years, when Libyan rebels moved into Gaddafi’s Tripoli stronghold and took control. There, left behind in the compound, was Gaddafi’s dear Leezza, her image affixed to the pages of a photo book.

The discovery came on Monday as rebels took control of the Libyan capital, trashing and looting Gaddafi’s  Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, along with his children's luxurious villas.

Comments
  • Geraldo Mc phu - 2011-08-26 08:53

    hmmm love is in air or is it infatuation ...

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-08-26 09:25

      Infatuation, I think not...probably, incarceration,assassination or extermination...

      Jay - 2011-08-26 09:51

      political suction more like it - maybe he thinks he'll get off a bit lighter one day when Spicey Ricey is on his side, lol!

      Spyker May - 2011-08-26 15:37

      Perhaps it was David Letterman's comments that made more than just his blood-pressure RICE.., eg, "Today is the 54th anniversary of the first man getting to the top of Mt. Everest. Now, if only we could get one on top of Condoleezza Rice." --David Letterman The old despot is holding out - who knows, perhaps he will RICE again... ...

      Netherlander - 2011-08-26 22:30

      These photo's must have been found in the WANKING ROOM... OPPOSITE the PRAYER ROOM!

      MandlaSithole - 2011-08-30 12:46

      Not anymore Geraldo, NATO is in the air now!!

  • USAMAH - 2011-08-26 09:16

    Typical of the US Gov.. Stab your friends in the back at the first opportunity. Ask Saddam about it.

      slg - 2011-08-26 09:43

      The connection between Moamar Gadhafi having a photo album of Condoleeza Rice and the US stabbing it's friends in the back is ... ?

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-08-26 16:27

      SLG, he's talking in conspiracy theorist speak. It's not supposed to make any logical sense.

  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2011-08-26 09:24

    he was hoping to get her as his houskeeper .

      Mariano Castrillon - 2011-08-27 21:33

      Everybody knows that all Arab dishes are rice-based.

  • Palesa - 2011-08-26 09:32

    Hahahahahahahahahhahaha Condoleezza Rice fanboy.LOL

  • Goose - 2011-08-26 09:39

    Looks like Muammar had a lil school boy crush there!! lol

  • WillF - 2011-08-26 10:09

    Too all those that think the US and UN are just out to oust Gaddafi - it actualy suited to have him in power. Rice is a player in oil - just like Bush. What do you think Rice was doing in Libya? Asking Gaddafi to step down? I hope this is a wake up call to those who always mock anyone who opposes the US stance - such as handing over billions of $ to a rebel group that has no autonomy yet.

  • refilwe mashigo - 2011-08-26 11:08

    ncaaw he's capable of love. . .what do ya know.

  • Redwine - 2011-08-26 11:35

    There I thought the man was a cricket fan and admired Clive Rice. Whats not to admire about the man that ran "The Mean Machine"

  • Nzx - 2011-08-26 12:18

    SA major exporter of showerheads to Labia . Import agent Moerma Gazuma Ltd

      piney - 2011-08-26 14:04

      Man, talk about a Freudian slip!!

      Netherlander - 2011-08-26 22:32

      Nzx.... you know what a LABIA is????? Thought not....

      Netherlander - 2011-08-26 22:34

      Similar to that bottom lip you sporting on your face.... Or it could look like those EARS you got donated from the "BURNS UNIT"...

      maseratifitt - 2011-08-27 20:06

      The lonely Libyan leader lusted after Leeza's luscious labia. Halaal lewdja.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-26 13:06

    rawr

  • Bok Fan - 2011-08-26 13:48

    Our political leaders would have demanded the cash. Plus two jobs for friends

  • Jou - 2011-08-26 14:17

    .....*VOMMIT*

  • vusi22 - 2011-08-26 15:01

    The women is beautiful i also have her photo on my cellphone

      Geraldo Mc phu - 2011-08-26 15:16

      beautiful ?

      maseratifitt - 2011-08-27 20:10

      Absolutely agree, vusi.

  • mandla yende - 2011-08-29 09:26

    Since 9/11 the US and NATO have set a very dangerous precedence. By encouraging criminal warfare in which private residences are bombed and individuals hunted down and the destruction of civilian infrastructure of weaker enemies.This is against all international law on warfare, the Red Cross code and many international standards. Should we then if this same "warfare" is turned against the US now feel moral outrage? What the US and NATO does is the same as the public necklacing of alleged perpetrators. Those who do the necklacing bypass civilised moral standards, and institutions of law. That is why Gaddafi now enjoys my moral esteem and the western powers have difinitevely portrayed themselves as criminals, looters, murderers and twisters of the truth, purveyors of violence. This kind of propaganda is calculated to deflect our moral scrutiny of what NATO and the US have done in Libya: a public lynching of a country.

      4_Way_Test - 2011-08-29 11:37

      "That is why Gaddafi enjoys my moral esteem" - Wow, dont insult Gadaffi so badly, Iknow he is really bad, but now you are really insulting him. Be kind he is half human after all.

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