Via The Washington Post:
For dictators, it is no longer easy to get away from it all. Just ask Col. Moammar Gaddafi. As Libya’s rebels surround him and NATO’s no-fly zone shrinks Gaddafi’s dominion to a sliver of real estate, he may be seriously contemplating his Plan E. Exile, that is.
The trouble is, Africa’s so-called “king of kings”doesn’t have many choices. Gaddafi’s brutal treatment of Libyan citizens would make him an unwelcome house guest for any country that wants to have a semblance of a relationship with the United States or much of Europe. No Asian nation wants the headache of a dictatorial diva. Thirty-one African countries have signed on to the International Criminal Court, which probably would put Gaddafi at too much risk of ending up at The Hague. And most of his fellow Arab autocrats are hardly in a position to offer anyone a safe haven these days. Plus, if he chose a regime in his own back yard, there would be a fairly good chance he’d have to flee again — and no one likes to move twice.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently told ABC’s Diane Sawyer that “people close to” Gaddafi are making overtures around the world, looking for an out. But when the Libyan leader and his sons hunt for retirement destinations, they are going to come up with a very short list.
[Continues at The Washington Post]