In September 2009, Gaddafi went to the United Nations.
It was 100 minutes of pure theatre.
According to the Guardian, he "tore up a copy of the UN charter in front of startled delegates, accused the security council of being an al-Qaida like terrorist body, called for George Bush and Tony Blair to be put on trial for the Iraq war, demanded $7.7tn in compensation for the ravages of colonialism on Africa, and wondered whether swine flu was a biological weapon created in a military laboratory. At one point, he even demanded to know who was behind the killing of JFK. All in all, a pretty ordinary 100 minutes in the life of the colonel."
However, in amongst the harangue, he commented on the unreliability of the West as an ally:
[In Iraq] an entire Arab leadership was executed by hanging, but we sit on the sidelines. Why? Any one of you may be next.
America fought alongside Saddam Hussein. He was their friend… Ultimately they sold him out and hanged him. You are friends of America – let’s say that ‘we’ are, not ‘you’ – but one of these days, America may hang us.
At the time, Gaddafi was being wooed by the West - his visit to the UN was part of that.
Gaddafi is presented as a clown by the Western media; but he was proven right in the end...
It is the implications for our opportunistic, inconsistent, ill-thought-out foreign policy in the Middle East that concern me.