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 Hussein’s legal team. A handsome woman, she has been called “the Claudia Schiffer of North Africa.” (Schiffer is a German supermodel.) Some of us think that’s a stretch, but we are in a subjective realm.