2011 February 22 Tuesday
Civil War Erupts Over Libyan Leader's Last Name

How can the Libyans be expected to be ruled by one guy when news media from around the world call him many different names? The Wall Street Journal calls the clown Gadhafi.

In Libya, Col. Moammar Gadhafi's army shot at pro-democracy protesters in the capital city of Tripoli, according to witness reports.

Putting on airs and acting all pretentious The NY Times editors call him el-Qaddafi. Just using the Q wasn't good enough. Using the Q without a u after it wasn't good enough. They had to do the "el-" dash in front of his name.

Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya vowed on Tuesday that he would “fight on to the last drop of my blood” and die a “martyr.” We have no doubt that what he really meant is that he will butcher and martyr his own people in his desperation to hold on to power. He must be condemned and punished by the international community.

Even in this coastal town, more than 900 miles from Libya's capital and in an area that has slipped well beyond the government's control, some still support Gaddafi, who has ruled this country for 41 years.

Reuters banded with the Washington Post in calling the murdering buffoon Gaddafi.

Pressure mounted on the White House on Tuesday to intervene to stop Muammar Gaddafi's bloody crackdown on democracy protests as a lawmaker close to President Barack Obama urged oil firms to halt work in Libya.

Now we come to the K spellings. Expatica calls him Kadhafi.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel described a televised address Tuesday by Libya's Moamer Kadhafi as "very scary" and said Berlin would consider sanctions unless he halted a crackdown on protestors.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) moves the h into the first syllable.

A leading academic at the university who knew Moamer Khadafi's son when he studied there said he was "deeply disturbed" by the former student's condemnation of anti-regime protests.

But the splittists at the San Francisco Chronicle insist on calling for the overthrow of Khadafy with a "y".

Moammar Khadafy, despot of Libya for the past 42 years, needs to go. As the Arab spring of revolutions rolls on, it is becoming clear that he will go. But how many of his people will he take with him?

I think this has to be a big inside joke among newspaper reporters and editors: See how many names can we call Ghadafi/Gadhafi/Khadafy/Qaddafi while posing as deadly serious. ABC News counted 112 last names used for KQGaddhafiy.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2011 February 22 10:29 PM  Media Critique

miles said at February 23, 2011 11:26 AM:

Ive wondered aloud whether our State Department/CIA has been involved in some of these social media (Twitter, facebook, google) upheavals like in Libya, the Jasmine-movement in China, and Yemen? Ive been told that this isn't so on another blog.

I was very ticked off the other day to find out that our French Ambassador has directed State Department money to a group in France (headed by an Arabian# wanting to implemement Affirmitave Action in France. The same guy, Charles Rivkin, has underwritten some diversity-propaganda cartoons #in my opinion) that air on Nickelodian, called Yo Yo Gabba Gabba and Higgleytown Heroes. He has stated he wanted to show the French in the diverse ghettos that ring Paris that "the face of America is multicultural". It irks me that this multiculturalist fanatic is attempting to meddle with French politics and immigration policy with our tax money. If thats not meddling in another country's affairs, I dont know what is. Perhaps behind the scenes Wall Street's-Paid-Hand (the USG) is meddling in the affairs of these countries also?
Perhaps they are not, but it sure 'aint' principle that would keep them from doing so.

currahee said at February 24, 2011 11:50 AM:

Why's the guy a colonel when he is head of state, shouldn't he Scipio Africanus or something?

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