Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Brother Leader and Guide of the Revolution

Interesting tidbit from Slate - Why Is Qaddafi Still a Colonel? - Why Libya's leader hasn't changed his stripes.:

Last week Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi announced that his country would disclose and destroy its chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons programs. That leaves Libya with one remaining mystery: Why is Qaddafi still just a colonel?

Because, Qaddafi insists, in Libya's utopian society, the people rule, so he needs no grandiose title.


While the media have kept referring to Qaddafi as a colonel—either out of habit or for want of a better option—Libya stopped doing so years ago. Instead, he's referred to as the humble "Brother Leader and Guide of the Revolution."


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