Aisha (also spelled Ayesha) Gaddafi (also spelled Gadhafi or Qaddafi) has been a highly monitored subject of discussion as of late. Aisha is Muammar Gaddafi’s only known biological daughter. Some of the reports about Aisha’s education and upbringing have conflicted but here is what seems to be agreed upon:
1. She trained with the Libyan military, rising to rank of Lieutenant General, a position she still holds.
2. Shortly before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, she met with Saddam Hussein. She was also served on Saddam’s legal defense team.
3. In 2011, she strongly protested the policies of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. President Barack Obama, calling for a mediation of the Libyan Civil War through an international organization which would exclude them.
4. Aisha has served as a mediator on behalf of the government and was appointed as the United Nations Development Program National Goodwill Ambassador for Libya on July 24, 2009.
Back in April, David Kirkpatrick, a reporter for the New York Times described a meeting that he had with Aisha. Kirkpatrick claims that he did not request an interview with Gaddafi but that her office reached out to him instead. The tone of the conversation as described by Kirkpatrick was “fatalistic”.
Im not sure what “fatalistic” means. I haven’t even looked it up yet, but I will assume that it means “not positive” or “less than optimistic”. In pondering why Kirkpatrick would have chosen the word “fatalistic” I began to wonder something else. Was Aisha’s viewpoint realistic?
“Instead of the angry defiance and vows of retribution issued by her father and her brother Seif, Ms. Qaddafi focused on how the West would rue the chaos she predicted would engulf a post-Qaddafi Libya.”
Aisha says that the fall of Gaddafi would create a stronghold for terrorist activities and that peace keeping NATO forces would be greeted with bullets. Could Aisha be onto something? Who exactly will be the next “family” or group to come to power in Libya? What say will the U.S. have in who is in control? How will the people of Libya feel about that? More importantly, where will these “peace keepers” come from?
These are questions that I supposed would be better directed toward President Obama who recently made headlines for announcing a new threat (see Lone Wolf Gunmen). If in fact organized religious militants have been neutralized to the extent that the new threat will be armed “lone wolf” gunmen then the idea of creating a “terrorist” safe haven would certainly be on Obama’s radar. So, how does he plan to make sure that Libya will not become a terrorist safe haven? Has the Obama administration even thought that far? Apparently Aisha has. What say you?