Just to add another dollop of seasoning to the heady and confusing brew that is Libya, this should not be a surprise I guess. Richard Engel of NBC has found 1 in 5 Libyan rebels think Col. Gaddafi is Jewish and that is good enough for them to fight to overthrow him.
Is Gaddafi Jewish? The evidence is simply not strong enough. There appears to be clues Gaddafi was born out of wedlock between an Italian soldier and a Jewish girl. And as an infant was placed into the adopted care of a Bedouin family by the Catholic Church. That Gaddafi himself has admitted to having Jewish cousins and then he has turned around to deny it. The issue is simply murky.
In matters of right and wrong, Qaddafi's lineage does not matter. He is a tyrant and should be thrown down. But the question every government who is supporting the rebels should be asking is who will follow? With reports of AQ in the rebel ranks. And add those who think Qaddafi is Jewish. It does pose an interesting question that should have been asked before the passage of the UN resolution. To only now to search for a decent successor shows how unprepared the international community has been. And this for a tyrant who has ruled brutally since 1969. Now why do we need to pass any kind of global test when such global collaboration results in something almost like the various factions of White Bolsheviks holed up in Murmansk with US, UK, Canadian, and French troops battling the Red Bolsheviks?
I have a bad feeling that Operation Odyssey Dawn will end badly. So badly that the continuing non-function of Somalia as a nation will seem mild in comparison.