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The War Nerd April 5, 2004
 
Qadafi: Buckles, Size XXXL
By Gary Brecher Browse author Email
 
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Then he switched his backing again, to a group of Chadian rebels who had migrated south from Libya. The idea was to lead up to annexing the northern half of Libya. So much for African unity.

When that failed, Qadafi decided to withdraw from most of Chad, but he gave himself a little going-away present, annexing a piece of northern Chad called the "Aozou Strip."

Then came the ultimate humiliation: Qadafi's army and air force couldn't even hold onto that. Habre's rebels took it from the Libyans in a battle which might've been the debut of one of the major new weapons systems of the late 20th century, the "technical." If you've read up on Somalia, you know that a "technical" is just a Toyota 4wd pickup with a big machinegun or grenade launcher welded onto the bed.

The Chad rebels used them to zoom into Aozou, blast up the Libyan garrison, and zoom out. It had Qadafi's sorry-assed soldiers pissing their pants. They brought in the Libyan Air Force, took back the town -- and then got even more faced when the Chadians sent a convoy of technicals right into Libya to shoot up an airbase 100 miles north of the border.

That was it for Qadafi. He did what he always does when somebody fronts up to him: he caved. Since then he's been very, very polite to the Chadians.

You get the picture? This is a man who has no guts and no shame. Getting him to "buckle" is nothing new, and nothing to brag about. You want to do something impressive? Get Kim Jong-Il  to sing "Give Peace A Chance." Yeah -- big televised duet with Yoko. That's when I'll be impressed.

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