Muammaer Gaddafi is no more. He is dead and gone: part of the machinations of the US and Western Powers. He ruled for a long time -almost 38 years but he was facing an agitation towards his end years. However one thing we must give credit to Gaddafi is that he was against Islamic extremism and believed in liberation of women. He was also secular. Colonel Gaddafi thus did something that fueled the anger of orthodox Moslems against him. This was in no small measure due to his Amazon brigade of women body guards, who guarded him round the clock.
The women guards of the Colonel did everything that is anathema to hardline Islamic followers. They wore makeup, including lipstick, eye shadow, eye liners, rouge as well as exotic perfumes. They wore caps and kept their faces uncovered. Dressed in blue and colorful uniforms the women guards were a picturesque sight with their high heels and guns slung across their shoulders.
These women guards trained at the Academy in Libya were a hand picked lot.I am told there was intense competition to be recruited as a bodyguard for the entourge of Gaddafi and this is certainly a tribute to the 69 years old dictator. A look at Gaddafi in his imposing Arab robes shows him as a determined leader. Flanked by his women bodyguards it certainly shows that the Colonel was a revolutionary in the true sense.
He took on orthodox Islam head on, which enjoins the woman to remain in Burkha or the Hijab. None of this for Gaddafi, whose women guards made the hearts of men all over the world flutter with envy at the luck of the Colonel.
The women guards created a tremendous impression during his visits to France and Italy. They certainly looked professional. They must be, for in an assassination attempt on the Colonel, one guard sacrificed her life for him and 7 were injured. Great going
and certainly deserves our admiration.
I for one hold no brief for Gaddafi, but he certainly cocked a snook at orthodoxy and that is the reason Islamic hardliners were baying for his blood.
Gaddafi personally selected the bodyguards. He did have a roving eye for young woman but that’s part of the game. The guards are reported to have slept with him in the nude while others stood around his bed guarding him.This was a ritual carried out by rotation among the girls on duty. Sadly after Gaddafi was executed on the orders of the Americans most of the girls had a very tough time. Many were raped and killed and many had to run away into oblivion. All said and done in my view that was a glorious era when the Amazon women guards ruled the roost.