Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Review: Gaddafi: Our best enemy


This an insightful essay-style documentary by Frenchman Antoine Vitkine, which puts the current events in Libya into perspective by examining the motivations behind the actions of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi - a man whose peculiar appearance belies savvy negotiation skills. Gaddafi was born in a tent in the Libyan desert. This Arab nationalist gained notoriety at 27 after toppling King Idris I. He has since went on to survive several revolts, military strikes and embargoes while showing a knack for playing to Western interests, namely geopolitical security and oil reserves.

It's not a surprise many of the interviews about hidden dealings are tainted by realpolitik. These personal accounts from key players are a fascinating foray into the diplomatic world of riddles, theatrics and hidden agendas. I would even go so far and say it's a must watch for everyone that wants to get a deeper understanding of what happens in Libya these days.

Over all, it's well worth the one and a half hour it demands. It gets a little minus for bad production, and for using great amounts of clips with low quality, and land down on a solid 4 out of 6.

50 comments:

  1. That guy looks like his wearing a fake rubber mask lol

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  2. Good stuff. That picture has a lot of chic. He fancies those sunglasses, though. Probably because he's high on his own supply.

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  3. Cheers, i'll have to check it out

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  4. Osama is gone. We need to hype up a new bad guy

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  5. Staying alive for so long in such a harsh environment isn't easy, it takes a lot of cunning, so it comes as no surprise that gaddafi is smarter than he looks

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  6. nice, Gaddafi is a really interesting personality. I heard this story about his army of ukrainian nurses recently and i gotta say i have some respect for a man that can pull that off :p

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  7. i could check this one out. im interested in lybia situation

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  8. great review man, totally agree

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  9. Gaddafi is a complete asshat. But this sounds interesting and I would watch it just to learn more about him.

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  10. Yeah i dont really like him so yeah...

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  11. i dont know what to think about him, maybe his folks love him, or maybe they want to get americanized

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  12. I hope Gedaffie winds up in a car accident.

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  13. I'm interested in knowing more about him, because yeah, even though he may be crazy, that man sure knows how to tell the rest of the people who's the boss.

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  14. I love this guy! I bet if we met, and spoke the same language, we would be homies. All you haters that don't like him are just ignorant :D

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  15. Sounds like a good documentary, I'll probably give it a watch so I can get upto speed with the current situation. I'll admit I haven't paid as much attention to it as I should have lol

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  16. Gaddafi may be smart, but the game is over for him.

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  17. Yea, I've been wondering what's up with him. I just might watch this.

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  18. Hah... That guys is a bit nuts, I don't know how he is holding up on such time.

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  19. Never knew you could have a 'best' enemy.

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  20. Jeez, when is this guy going to die of ugly.

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  21. sounds quite interesting, I have to check this one out

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  22. This guy is nuts, and has survived several attempts on his life by the US, including a cruise missile strike earlier this month that killed a bunch of people but missed him

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  23. Sounds good, may give it a watch.

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  24. He's my hero. Too much swag...lolol

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  25. I have a bunch of friends that are trying to get in deep over all this, so this will probably be a show I watch just to understand their views more too.

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  26. Gaddafi's antics were always hilarious, but he was a pretty cruel dictator. Its an interesting watch, though.

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  27. interesting topic nonetheless.

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  28. The Bugle podcast has several epic episodes devoted almost entirely to Gaddafi.

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  29. wow that guy is a complete idiot, no offense.

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  30. Always important to at least inform yourself about dictators, easier to detect when you are getting ruled by one.

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  31. Challenge accepted. Target locked!

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  32. How is it that he's still alive? It's .. beyond me really.

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  33. They bombed Lybia again today

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  34. Wow, you are the documentary king. Have you ever produced one?

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  35. Meh gadaffi is just a confused guy. Also your blog is a little buggy, for me..,

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  36. At least this is very topical.

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  37. Gadaffi makes a great bad guy.

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  38. Haha, I agree with //Love, Gadaffi really does make a great bad guy. He fits the part so well. It would be interesting to learn more about this.

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  39. You have to admit the man has a marvelous wardrobe filled with not-so-marvelous outfits.

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