Monday, August 22, 2011

'Civil War (Hold the Mustard ...)'

Our friend Michael Bronner (co-producer of among other films, 'the Green Zone') writes: ' As Seif al-Islam al-Gaddfi - son and erstwhile heir apparent of Col. Muʿammar al-Qaḏḏāfī - is now reportedly in custody and, perhaps, headed for the Hague, linked below (in the HuffPost World)is a piece I wrote a few months ago about a Libyan road trip our CBS team made with Seif al-Islam in his previous iteration: The public face of Gaddafi's grand deal with the US and UK to surrender his WMD programs in exchange for improved relations. ...'
"... "Mr. Michael! Your meeting with Mr. Saif al-Islam is tomorrow! In London!" said Mr. L., the young Gaddafi's squire (or something). I was still in Colorado, and it was snowing.
Several delayed flights later, finally in a London black cab en route to town with 45 minutes to make the meeting, the phone rang again. It was Mr. L.
--"Mr. Michael! The meeting! It is no longer in London!"
--"Mr. Saif al-Islam has been called urgently to Geneva. The meeting will take place aboard his airplane. Mr. Ali is waiting for you at your hotel. You can take a shower."
Wayne Nelson, a longtime CBS producer and my partner on the piece, was also waiting at the hotel, having flown in from New York. We got into a silver sedan with a stranger who introduced himself as Mr. Ali, a spark plug of a fellow who shepherded us to London City Airport - out onto the tarmac and into a waiting biz jet.
As we climbed aboard, we saw them loading Seif's skis into the hold. The plane had sofas for seats. The pilots and flight attendant were spun-up, ready to go. After about 20 minutes, the young Gaddafi, supposedly bound for urgent business, popped up the jet stairs in a ski hat, ready to party and grinning ear to ear...

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