A ring of familiarity

Think of a leader who is oblivious to the will of the people he governs.  Think of a leader who ignores calls for him to either change course or feel the wrath of those he purports to lead.  Think of a leader who refuses to see the handwriting on the wall and who thinks he can serve as he has in the past.  Think of a leader who’s in complete denial as to the breadth and the depth of those who oppose him and who paints his opposition using dishonest and deceiptful terms.

Who came to mind?

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appeared Monday either to not know that demonstrators in cities throughout Libya are calling for an end to his rule or not accept it, according to excerpts from the interview, which a U.S. official described as “delusional.”

“No demonstration at all in the streets,” he told ABC News and the BBC in a joint interview carried out at a restaurant in Tripoli, excerpts of which were posted on the BBC’s website.

Told by the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen that he had seen demonstrators in the streets that morning, Gadhafi asked, “Are they supporting us?”

Gadhafi, wearing sunglasses and clad in brown tribal clothing, refused to accept the reporter’s assertion that they were not. “No. No one against us. Against me for what?”

He repeated his assertion that he is not president, but one of the people. “They love me, all my people with me, they love me all. They will die to protect me, my people. No, no.”

Asked why his people had captured and were holding the nation’s second-largest city, Benghazi, Gadhafi said it was al Qaeda, not the Libyan people, who had done so. “Al Qaeda,” he said. “They came from outside.”

I can’t quite put my finger on who it is I’m reminded of as I read about the ‘delusional’ Gadhafi.

Perhaps one of you can help.

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