March 6th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

GPS March 6, 2011: al Qaeda is irrelevant and how Saif Gadhafi lost his mind

We had a great show for you on Sunday, March 6, 2011.

First, Fareed explained how the revolutions in the Middle East prove the irrelevance of al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.

Then Fareed sat down with American academic Benjamin Barber to figure out what's going on in the heads of Moammar Gadhafi and his son Saif. Barber, who used to sit on the board of Saif Ghadafi's charitable foundation but recently resigned, has spent many hours with Moammar and even more with Saif. Barber attempted to answer how Saif went from being a PhD student in London who was viewed as moderate, western-educated reformer to a veritable madman threatening "rivers of blood" flowing through the streets of Libya.

We've also had an all-star GPS panel on tap to discuss everything from crises in the Middle East to the budget showdown in America. Joining Fareed this week were:

– Chrystia Freeland, Global Editor-at-Large of Reuters
– David Frum, one time speechwriter for George W. Bush and editor of
Nicholas Kristof, the two time Pulitzer prize winning columnist for the NY Times who has just returned from the Middle East
– Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of NY and host of CNN's "In the Arena"

And if you think the government impasses in Washington and Wisconsin are something to behold, wait until you get a load of Belgium. What in the world is going there?

Finally, a last look at just what's en vogue for a deposed dictator.

Here's the transcript.

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Topics: GPS Episodes • GPS Show • Libya • Terrorism

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. adesuwa

    The libyan president and his son acts like they own the country.but trust me there nothing that's is impossible in the middle east.whatever has a begining surely has an end

    March 6, 2011 at 1:15 am | Reply
  2. ohanehi jude

    What Ghadafi wished Nigeria is coming home for him-splitting of his country land mass.I hope he learns his lessons

    March 6, 2011 at 9:10 am | Reply
  3. Belingo

    Let me give you guys a personal take of my view of the situation in Belgium, where I am currently living – as a response to the "What in the World" segment:

    It may look funny when Belgians go out on the streets partying to "celebrate" their overtaking Iraq in terms of days without a government, but my problem is that this is basically the only reaction that I am seeing. It's not even that Belgians are so frustrated with their politicians that they have turned away and started to lose interest – during the time that I have spent here at least, there has been no considerable interest in national politics at all. Despite the lack of government – and the government's position was already shaky for quite some time before the last elections – the country works – or at least so it seems. Having come from Germany, I am appalled at the low quality of infrastructure, at the low quality of medical care that I have received (even at the capital's university clinics), etc. My impression is that, politically speaking, Belgians are quite introverted ("all politics are local"), and they do not really care about their national politics. One might look at that with a smile, but it stops being amusing to me when I see that, for example, Belgium has the second-highest suicide rate in the EU (#1 being Finland). The suicide rate is more than double compared to the Netherlands. And yet, there is *nothing* being done to help people at risk, or to improve the quality of mental health care.

    Personally, I believe that Belgium is heading for a split in two – not now, but five or ten years down the road. This is due both to an arrogant stance of a big part of the Flemish political establishment and because of an indifference towards politics on the parts of Walloons/French-speaking Belgians. Unless something happens that will revive a feeling of national unity among all Belgians, this will spell trouble for the country, socially and economically.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  4. authorharb

    Be careful, all have their own way and time to do things. So may have Al Quaeda and Osama. In any case the times are not good. Here is why:

    Many fractal cycles of earthquakes/tsunamis, political unrests/upheavels, fightings between countries finally leading to a world/nuclear/digital war/catastrophes/disruptions will be developing in the overall order of Asia (beginning), Africa, Europe to finally converge in America with passage of time.

    PS: From my blog
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    March 27, 2011 at 1:33 am | Reply

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