William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

IS SAIF SAFE?

Colonel Gadhafi’s Son, Saif al-Islam,
He’s on the run, he is out on the lam.
I think his Dad wanted to go to the world court?
But the Libyan freedom fighters cut his life short.

Our RCAF helped to pinpoint bomb each enemy position.
Driving the Colonel and his bodyguards into submission.
Into the Sahara Desert his son Saif, he ran.
Heading for Mali or Niger as fast as he can.

The ICC in The Hague said they were in touch with Saif.
He could be shot down with his plane being strafed.
He has African friends both in Zimbabwe and Sudan.
Will he meet dad and brother buried out in the sand?

He could be shot dead with a huge dollar price on his head.
Would Saif be safe, if the ICC charges, to him are read?
Dad was like Shelley’s sneering Ozymandias, king of kings.
Tremble, whilst looking upon the wonders of his things.

Nothing beside Gadhafi’s desert grave site remains –
The mighty looked upon his works and did not despair –
The desert to this day remains boundless and bare –
The lone and level sand stretch far away –
And the question arises: “is Saif Safe today?”

Gadhafi’s Son Bids To Escape Father’s Fate

AARON GRAY-BLOCK
Reuters

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Muammar Gaddafi
Photograph: Mast Irham/EPA
THE HAGUE – Saif al-Islam Gadhafi is expected to try to surrender to the International Criminal Court or seek refuge in a friendly African country as he races to escape his father’s fate.

The ICC in The Hague said on Friday the 39-year-old had been in touch. It urged him to turn himself in, warning it could order a mid-air interception if he and his mercenary guards tried to flee by plane from his desert hideout for a safe haven.

The ICC’s comments offered some corroboration of reports from Tripoli’s new National Transitional Council leaders and African neighbours that he has taken refuge with Thareg nomads in the borderland between Libya and Niger.

However, surrender is only one option. The Gadhafis made friends with desert tribes in Niger, Mali and other poor former French colonies in West Africa, as well as farther afield in countries like Zimbabwe and Sudan, some of them also recipients of largesse during the 42-year rule of Moammar Gadhafi, a self-styled African “king of kings.”

France, a key backer of February’s revolt, reminded Africans of obligations to hand over the surviving ICC indictees – former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi and Saif alIslam.

“We don’t care whether he goes on foot, by plane, by boat, by car or on a camel, the only thing that matters is that he belongs in the ICC,” said French foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero.