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Monday, February 21, 2011

The Total Qadhafi Speech in All its Glory(?)

Here in all its weird glory is Qadhafi's promised direct address to the Libyan people. If you don't understand Arabic you'll find it a couple of posts down, but watch it anyway: it won't take you long at all.

Question: Since he doesn't get out of the car (or whatever that vehicle is), why does he need the umbrella?

Question: Could "I was going to meet the demonstrators, but it was raining," be the "Let them eat cake" of this revolt?

And a final thought: Could that become the most famous umbrella since Neville Chamberlain's?

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