The late Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar Gaddafi's golden gun, a High Power MKIII made in Belgium. Picture by Harald Doornbos.
The late Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar Gaddafi's golden gun, a High Power MKIII made in Belgium. Picture by Harald Doornbos.
05-01-2012  Category: politics    Tags: none   

Gaddafi's personal gun was most likely part of a 2009 arms deal between Belgium and Libya. A deal licensed by the Walloon Regional Government (who happens to be the one and only shareholder of Belgian arms manufacturer FN Herstal) because the guns were going to “escort humanitarian convoys to Darfur." In the period 2004-2009 Belgium supplied 18 million EUR worth of small arms to Libya. Way too much, but a lot less than the 600 million EUR supplied by Italy, France and the UK for anything up to military planes. No wonder both Italy and the UK were pushing hard to lift the EU's weapon embargo in 2004. And after arming him, all these countries readily joined the war on Gaddafi.

Meeting the local dogs on the beachAdvanced dog frisbee on the beachBugs matingThe late Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar GaddafiLeaf shaped camper in Bohler N690 about to be quenched by Master Smith Kevin Harvey at Heavinforge, Emakhazeni. About 10 seconds before this fast moving thunderstorm hit us with more wind and noise than rain.What looks like a serious oil spill from the past, some 50-70km north of Maputo