Conflict & Justice

Latin America fights for Gaddafi seat


Not crazy about the rebels in Caracas. "The UN and NATO are assassins," it reads.


Leo Ramirez

His whereabouts are still unknown, and his list of friends is dwindling.

But no matter what spider-hole he's in, Muammar al-Gaddafi will always have Latin America. 

A trade group, Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas, is insisting that Libya’s seat at the United Nations not be given to the rebel’s National Transitional Council. That’s the governing body the rebels set up. 

So guess who's spearheading the movement to protect Gaddafi's seat? That's right, the charismatic firebrand Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela and antagonist of the West.  

He's joined by Nicaragua, Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia, Dominica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda.

It's unlikely they'll be able to block it, but the dissent, the Telegraph said, will likely require a little more bureacracy: 

The letter of opposition by a regional group increases the likelihood that a formal vote call on the matter will be needed, rather than a simple consensus, when the General Assembly acts on the request in the coming days.

As top officials defected from Gaddafi's regime earlier this year, the Libyan U.N. staffers decided to represent the interests of the rebels at the international body anyway. But the move to award them the seat will mark yet another step in recognizing the rebels as the official leaders of Libya.

It's hard to undo these things. Every step the world takes away from Gaddafi makes him less and less powerful, less and less relevant. And of course, his friends must know this. The King of Kings must be touched, wherever he is.