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Qaddafi's Modern-Sounding Son Is a Riddle to the West

Seif el-Islam el-Qaddafi, the son of this country’s idiosyncratic leader, was just 14 in 1986 when American bombs destroyed his home and killed his 4-year-old sister. Despite that harsh experience he has emerged in the past few years as the new, Western-friendly face of this former pariah state. His fingerprints are on almost every major international move the country has made since it began its recent rehabilitation, from compensating the families of victims of past terrorist attacks to abandoning the program to produce unconventional weapons. Most recently he has been preaching democracy in a part of the world where strongmen have long been the norm. “Democracy is the future,” Mr. Qaddafi, 32, said at his Moroccan-style villa outside Tripoli, where he keeps a white tiger, Freddo, among other exotic pets. “We have to be ahead of the world in our region, the Middle East, and not to be lagging behind, because the whole world is heading toward democracy.” Full Story

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