The New York Times is reporting that Colonel Gadaffi will not leave Libya.
In talks with South Africa President Jacob Zuma, the Libya leader Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi “emphasized” that he will not leave Libya despite air attacks and international pressure, according to a statement released Tuesday by Mr. Zuma’s office.
Here at the Raccoon’s den we have some suggestions where he could go should he choose to stay put.
He could stay at the prison in Benghazi where he kept Fadlallah Haroun for 7 years.
… where some of the cells are less than 5 feet high:
IN BENGHAZI, LIBYA Peering into a subterranean jail, Adil Gnaybor shuddered with fear. Rusted prison bars once covered with earth were now exposed, dug up by rebels who had discovered the secret labyrinth of cells. The space was too small for Gnaybor’s 5-foot frame, and a white tube provided the only source of air.
and he will comforted by the fact that it is next door to his own palace:
Thousands of Libyans have been arriving here at a complex of palatial homes, known as the Katiba El Fadil bu Omar, where Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi stayed during visits to this port city. It is here that Gaddafi also had an underground prison.
Or he could have a special personal prison built for himself in his compound at Bab Al-Azizia:
And, of course, we also recommend (hat/tip Charles Crawford) that all the secret police archives should be published without delay:
I previously offered some operational ideas for Doing Something about Libya.
One of them was this:
expert support for opening of all Libyan regime secret police and other archives asap – let the dirty chips lie where they fall (mainly in Moscow?)
The more I think about it, the more superb this idea becomes.
Consider the web of corruption and wickedness which Gaddafi’s oil money has spread round the planet in forty years.
The support for terrorism, including the PanAm bombing and the explosives sent to the IRA. The propping up of dirty regimes and so-called liberation movements across Africa. The illicit arms deals and sanctions-busting activities.
The bribes paid to other Arab leaders. The furtive links with KGB Moscow and Maoist Beijing, not to forget our good European chums in Paris and Rome and Sarajevo.
The infiltration of Islamist movements. The Libyan WMD programmes and the murky efforts made over many years to assemble them.
The sheer looting of the state’s oil treasure to fund all this trash.
What a prize it would be to get that lot out in the open.
Or, should the Great Revolutionary change his mind, he could stay at a certain ‘hotel‘ in the Hague:
So many choices. So little time.