Last Updated: Sun Jul 17, 2011 00:03 am (KSA) 21:03 pm (GMT)

Noora Faraj: Rebel Yell

A Libyan boy in the rebel-held city of Benghazi holds the old Libyan flag in front of a wall decorated with cartoons and graffiti mocking Col Qaddafi. (File Photo)
A Libyan boy in the rebel-held city of Benghazi holds the old Libyan flag in front of a wall decorated with cartoons and graffiti mocking Col Qaddafi. (File Photo)

I’m pretty sure some corner of hell has frozen over after yesterday’s meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.

After several statements made by various representatives from Libya’s Contact Group regarding their acknowledgement and support on a multitude of levels, Libya’s opposition group, the Transitional National Council, or “rebels,” as us common folk affectionately refer to them as, has gained governmental credibility over their deranged sexagenarian colonel.

Either that, or global warming has managed to wreak havoc to the mercury levels of the deepest domains physically non-existent to man.

Let’s stick with the former reason, shall we?

In the regional game, titled “Arab Spring,” at its very essence comprising of an ongoing battle between the goodies versus the baddies, the goodies are slowly but surely making it up to the seemingly impossible level 163 (there is no significance to this number, just trying to make a video game reference). Nonetheless, politics is a game. Megalomaniacs control their subordinates with joysticks, firing (metaphorically or literally) without being consciously aware of their actions.

The goodies start gaining ammo, and the baddies start fidgeting around in their lair, as their tactics to quash them grow more desperate and sloppy. Some 42 years of playing this game, and 5 months of bumping that game up from 0 to 360, I think it’s somewhat truthful, albeit presumptive, to say that Colonel Qaddafi is going to suffer from withdrawals the size of his ego (or his eye bags), once this is all over.

I suggest he start a new puppet collection, the kind made of cloth with cotton stuffing, and not ones made of flesh and blood.

(Noora Faraj, Senior Producer of Web TV at Alarabiya English, can be reached at: noora.faraj@mbc.net)

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