One of my failings has been a reluctance to apply energy to analysis of International problems—usually until the problem virtually hits me in the face. Such is the case with Libya, to which I have paid only the attention due to newspaper articles.
While in the hospital in January, I happened upon a broadcast interview with Qaddafi. It is possible that due to your travels you missed it, although it was reported in full in the LA Times, so I will recapitulate my recollection of the memorable parts.
First, I must say that he makes a good appearance. Serious and firm, occasionally a little emotional, but subdued. For the most part spontaneous, as opposed to the studied and rehearsed and posed delivery of our aging juvenile actor.
Very early in his presentation he talked about Reagan’s tirades, calling them “stinking crusaderism,” which I thought was a nice way of putting it. He went on to talk about the sanctions, saying that they were not hurting Libya, and if they should do so, “we’ll go Communist. That’s what happened to Cuba. Castro wasn’t a Communist but you made him go that way.”
He made a telling point on Reagan’s anti-Semitism in his dealings with the Arabs.