The book, titled “The Prey: Inside Gaddafi’s Harem”, claims that the Libyan ruler allegedly had a team of many women, including underaged girls, to satisfy his lust. As a rule, Gaddafi put an eye on underaged girls during all kinds of festive ceremonies, the book claims.
Now that Gaddafi has been ousted and killed, it is hard to say whether the book’s author is really revealing a terrible truth about him or is he trying to blackmail a man who is dead and cannot defend his own reputation.
Among other things, the book tells a story of a girl whose name is Houda. Gaddafi allegedly bedded her when she was 18, promising that he would release her brother from jail for that. But one night with the girl turned out to be not enough for the dictator. Houda became Gaddafi’s sexual slave for 5 long years.
The book also says that Gaddafi’s harem was managed by a woman called Mabrouka.
People who knew the late Libyan leader personally are shocked by this book. This is not the first attempt to blackmail Muammar Gaddafi, they say.
“I wonder why all these denunciations were not published when Muammar was still alive,” Omani writer Ali bin Masoud, who was a close friend of Muammar Gaddafi, says.
“It looks like for some people, it is not enough that Gaddafi is dead,” Mr. Masoud says. “It looks like after killing him physically, they want to kill him morally. I knew Muammar very well, and I should say that he was a man of strong will and high morals. It looks as if even after Gaddafi’s death, some people are still afraid of him.”
In France itself, the reaction to this book is not unanimous. Not all French people believe that their country’s participation in NATO’s operation in Libya was the right step.
“It is still hard to count how many Libyan civilians were killed as a result of NATO’s operation which was allegedly aimed at liberating Libya from a bloody dictator,” prominent French journalist Thierry Meyssan said in an interview with the Voice of Russia broadcast on Tuesday.
"The Le Monde newspaper supported an illegal armed interference, he says. The Libyan war claimed the lives of about 160,000 people, including 40,000 killed during NATO’s military operation to seize Tripoli. The Le Monde, which took part in a wide-scale misinformation campaign, is currently trying to justify its own stance. Lacking serious arguments related to Colonel Gaddafi’s rule, those from Le Monde decided to go as far as possible to make public the details of Gaddafi’s private life in order to insult a man who is unable to defend his reputation because he is dead, Meyssan goes on to say."
According to him, if the word “dictator” stipulates being implicated in mass killings, this word can be applied to most of Western leaders. For example, US President Barack Obama openly admits the fact that each morning he takes part in a working conference where participants deal with the number of possible victims in those countries that are related to the so-called “zone of American interests”. As for European leaders, they could not but understand that their sending troops to Libya will almost certainly lead to civilian casualties.
In ancient times, cities that offered stubborn resistance during war were typically leveled with the ground and their territories were then re-plowed. Nowadays, wars are being waged not only on the ground, in the air and at sea but also in informational space. And the West is trying to “re-plow” this space by notably preserving only those flashbacks that it feels it can benefit from.