Magazine September 19, 2011, Issue

His Father’s Son

Saif Qaddafi (Vi1/Zuma/Newscom)
Saif Qaddafi comes home, in the worst way

Moammar Qaddafi has been rich in sons, in a culture that especially prizes sons. He has seven of them, and one daughter. Some of the sons, it’s true, are nothing to brag about. For example, Hannibal, the No. 4 son, gained worldwide notoriety in 2008 when he and his wife beat the tar out of two of their servants in Switzerland. That put a dent in Swiss-Libyan relations for a while.

By most accounts, the dictator has two favorite children. One of them is his daughter, Aisha, born in 1976. She is a lawyer and was, in fact, part of Saddam

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