Life Mimics Art
Have you seen a replay of the speech by Gadaffi's son, the one with tortured diction and threatening body language? This guy needs some new coaches, even if he was only emulating his father's style.
Anyway, his performance reminded me of characters in Doonesbury. Duke and his son (another great duo) advise dictators around the world, which is art taken from reality; whereas the crew in Libya seem to be mimicking the comic strip.
There is another explanation for Gaddafi fils' rambling speech. Perhaps, it had been crafted while his speechwriter was being tortured (thus the phrase) for suggesting a more conciliatory tone the "his" people.
As bad as things can be in a democracy and as corrupt as politician have become in most "free" countries (oil and weapons seem to be a common denominator), life is a far cry (or scream of pain) from conditions under any dictator or absolute monarch. I would not be able to exercise by right to be cynical, sarcastic, and ironic.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.