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Opulence of Oppression
To be truly opulent, you need to be able to oppress an entire nation and deprive it of all of its wealth, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars. And apparently, that's exactly what Muammar Khadfi, the deposed leader of Libya did.
What did Khadafi do with all this money? Frankly, the opulence is so extreme that it defies belief and makes our lap giraffe-loving DirecTV Russian mobster or even Donald Trump look like conservative ascetics by comparison.
Among his many homes, Khadafi built a palace with an integrated bunker that were designed to sustain nuclear attacks. Complete with replica 14th-century furniture, lush gardens, with on-premises amusement park and zoo, and a giant swimming complex.
The interior was adorned with murals depicting exotic sports cars and all sorts of other trappings of wealth.
It was like he wanted to be Saddam Hussein and Michael Jackson all at the same time.
Khadafi was a crazed, evil leader that was a paradox. In the lavish home of his eldest daughter, Ayesha, he had a sculpted gold nude mermaid two-seat couch, apparently modelled after Ayesha herself, which exemplified the sick extremes of his excess.
At the same time, he actually went and had the furnishings of his dead adopted daughter Hana's bedroom enshrined in glass display cases in sort of a ghostly mausoleum.
There is opulence, and then there is the opulence of tyranny. Hopefully, we'll never see the likes of this ever again. Although something tells me that we have a few more of these wack jobs to depose before we can say they are all gone.