Qaddafi’s ‘Darling Black African Woman’

by Daniel Foster

Rebels picking over Qaddafi’s abandoned Tripoli compound have uncovered the usual array of dictatorial baubles (you know, gilded mermaid couches and the like), but they’ve also turned up something much stranger: a photo album full of pictures of former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.

The seeds of obsession were present as far back as 2007, when Qaddafi gushed to al-Jazeera:

“I support my darling black African woman,” he said. “I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders … Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. … I love her very much. I admire her and I’m proud of her because she’s a black woman of African origin.”

Remember how Osama bin Laden was supposedly obsessed with Whitney Houston? I wonder if there is a trend here: Middle Eastern strongmen and attractive African-American musicians!

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