For decades, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's Libya was regarded in the West as a pariah state and one of the major sponsors of terrorism in the world.
In 1992, the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on Libya over the Pan Am passenger jet bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. Libya improved its ties with the West after it handed over the Lockerbie suspects in 2003 and announced it would abandon efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction and allow inspectors into its facilities.
Over the last few years, Libya has been trying to improve its image in the world. The country has restored diplomatic relations with the US and other Western countries.
After a relative absence in the news, Colonel Gaddafi, who became Libya's ruler in 1969 after a military coup, made a comeback on Wednesday after he criticized US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama over his remarks about Israel.
In a recent speech to Jewish activists in Washington, Obama said the bond between Israel and America was "unbreakable" and that as president he "will never compromise when it comes to Israel's security," adding that Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel.
Gaddafi said that "Obama's announcement that unified Jerusalem should be the capital of Israel and that he will support it with $30 billion during the next 10 years, has disappointed the hopes" of both Arabs and Africans.
Apart from the quarrel regarding Israel, Gaddafi, referring to Obama as "our Kenyan brother," said that Obama is "suffering from an inferiority complex because of his African origins," adding that the issue of race is making Obama behave as "more white than white people, rather than acting in solidarity with African and Arab nations."
Everyone should have the right to have an opinion and criticize other points of view. But knowing the history of Colonel Gaddafi’s rule, it’s a bit pathetic for him to debate the "African inferiority complex" or promote "African solidarity."