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Canada Free Press

Monday, 20 December, 2004

Qadhafi No Terrorist To Paul Martin

Gaddafi No Terrorist To Paul Martin

By Judi McLeod, Canadafreepress.com

December 20, 2004

For all of those lamenting the minority status of the scandal-plagued Paul Martin Liberal Government, consider yourselves "lucky".

That comes from Col. Muammar Gaddafi, the man President Ronald Reagan called the "Mad Dog of the Middle East".

Canadians are "lucky" to have "His Excellency, the Prime Minister" as their leader," Gaddafi said.

Martin, who was in Tripoli on a visit that happened to coincide with the first anniversary of Gaddafi’s decision to abandon production of mass destruction weapons, is a Gaddafi fan.

If Gaddafi was a "mad dog" to Reagan, to Martin, he’s a "philosophical man with a sense of history".

Part of that history is that Gaddafi, the former terrorist, is most infamous for his role in blowing up a Pam Am Flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing 270 people, two of them Canadians.

It took toe-tapping patience in order for Martin’s advance team to confirm a meeting between the two leaders. Like the host who flees his mansion when he hears pesky relatives are on the way for a visit, it at first appeared that Gaddafi was never going to be at home.

When two meetings were arranged, they took place in tents with camels parked outside.

Having laid his artful dodger routine aside, the Arab leader was absolutely gushing about the depth of his friendship with Martin.

"On a personal level, we have gained a quite personal friendship. We are friends not just because he is the Prime Minister of Canada but we shall always be friends, even if he is not the Prime Minister," Gaddafi professed.

Gaddafi even joked about the possibility of Martin leading a revolution some day just like he did.

"Pretty soon I expect Canada to be a jamahiriy," he quipped in a reference to his own socialist revolutionary state. Gaddafi’s vision calls for a "peoples’ power", a non state that is both non capitalist and non communist.

Sounds just like Canada to some.

Gaddafi was at home, too when the leaders of France, Britain, Italy and Germany came to call this year.

The former terrorist’s penchant for elected Canadian Liberals dates back decades. In 1975, Liberal MP Odoardo Di Santo, who later become the New Democrat Party (NDP) Premier Bob Rae appointed chairman of the Ontario Liquor Licensing Board, now Ontario Alcohol & Gaming Commission, accepted a free trip to Libya as Gaddafi’s personal guest.

Martin and Company went on to meet with officials of the Great Man-Made River Project, an ambitious pipeline scheme to tap vast aquifers beneath the Sahara Desert to quench Libya’s parched coastal population. The Montreal-based Canadian engineering giant SNC-Lavalin is a participant in the project, that will be 20 years in the making and one that is compared to building the Great Pyramids of Giza–16 times over.

The Canadian Prime Minister will Christmas in Morocco with his family for two weeks and will not be returning to Canadian Parliament until Jan. 31.

Meanwhile, he should perhaps be using his time off to brush up on the true history of terrorism.

Canada Free Press founding editor Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the media. A former Toronto Sun and Kingston Whig Standard columnist, she has also appeared on Newsmax.com, the Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and World Net Daily. Judi can be reached at:
letters@canadafreepress.com.


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