There's no humor in violence and repression. There's no telling how the current storyline in Libya will end. Today was quieter in Tripoli, in part because pro-Khaddafy forces have been trying to take back and consolidate power and territory. There's no disputing the fact that much of the country is no longer under his control.
I last saw him at a conference of unaligned nations a few years back. The last journalists to interview him these past few years have described the usual traits: lack of eye contact, an altered state (many believe he's a heavy drug user), long, rambling sentences and disconnected thoughts strung together. Khaddafy has always been an event: A narcissist, cartoonish, clownish—and ruthless. Count him out at your peril. Affecting an image is vital to him—to the very foundation of his four-decade-long rule. So it’s in that spirit that I offer the following—again, via Gawker this morning: A collection of the many (and unintentionally comical) looks of the leader of Libya. At the time of this writing, we don't know how much longer we'll be able to say that.
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