Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
21st February, 2016
Exactly one week ago, NATO, after the failure of the “national consensus government” in Libya, has another problem – the daughter of the leader of Jamahiriya – Aisha Gaddafi. After four years of silence, in a letter from Eritrea, she turned to the Libyans with a call to resist the new conquest of the West and declare themselves the successor of her legendary father – “the mother of Libya.” The largest Libyan tribe “the warfalla”, in the town of Beni Walid (Misurata), has already sworn allegiance to Aisha, proclaiming their commitment to the Jamahiriya. In response, the BBC circulated new, updated footage of the lynching of Muammar Gaddafi, aware of the particularly acute nervous reaction of his daughter. Meanwhile NATO convened an emergency meeting in the Netherlands on the situation in Libya.
Aisha has every reason to send a “black mark” to the West. She is the only child of Gaddafi who today can have an impact on the minds of Libyans and because the West represents a real threat. The only daughter of eight children of Gaddafi, it is typical of the fanaticism of women that they are able to defend their “child-Libyans”. Enlightened in the best traditions of the Sorbonne, she announced the creation of a secret government in Libya and abroad. The West immediately accused her of taking a Martyr’s death like the one that took her father. However, in addition to her father’s death, Aisha still has a personal score to settle – the deaths of one child and a sibling from a NATO airstrike.
However, if in the West Aisha Gaddafi has long been known as a oriental beauty, a vivid contrast with the Bedouin traditions of her father, those in Russia almost know nothing about her. She’s 39 years old. Even before the coup in Libya, she was the predicted successor to Gaddafi, despite the fact that she is a woman, moreover, far from Muslim moderation. Her father’s favorite from childhood, she was inspired by his ideas and was brought up in the dynastic traditions of the new era of the Libyan Arab socialist Jamahiriya, which should release, if not the whole world, Africa definitely. Before the coup, the light handed journalists gave her the nickname “African Claudia Schiffer”, with long bleached hair, slender figure and unique style: skinny jeans, stilettos from Gucci and Muslim headscarf-attire.
However, in 2011, her image dramatically changed from a European top model to wearing a hijab. She overtly expressed a protest against Western intervention in the affairs of her country, becoming closer to the people. The status of Gaddafi’s daughter, Aisha, was obliged to be a continuation of his policies, even in their personal lives. The only daughter of Muammar Gaddafi married her own cousin, Colonel Ahmed al-Gaddafi al-Kashi, preserving the purity of the tribal blood in the male line. Pedigree mythology – the migration of the tribe of al-Gaddafi from Iraq during the time of Muhammad led to the participation of Aisha, a lawyer in the defence team of Saddam Hussein. At the UN, she defended the ideals of the African Gaddafi as a goodwill Ambassador to combat hunger and AIDS in Africa.
That is why Muammar al-Gaddafi did not allow her to stay in Libya after the capital Tripoli was captured by rebels in August 2011. Five days after the occupation of the residence of Gaddafi his wife Safia and heavily pregnant daughter were sent to Algeria, accompanied by two sons Muhammad and Hannibal. And he was right: after three days Aisha gave birth to a girl. The death of Gaddafi on October 21st, took her power in life, however, after hospitalization she began her war. Twice, despite the ban on the Algerian authorities, she called, in a video message, for Libyans to avenge the killing of Muammar Gaddafi, and a year later, in October 2012, she was forced to go to Oman. By that time she was already deprived of her status at the UN and the threat of Interpol regarding political activities still lingered. Aisha Gaddafi believes that “Gaddafi is not in Libya, he is in the hearts of Libyans”.