By Nesrine Malik
"We will not give up, we are not women," Colonel Muammar Gaddafi declared on Thursday. From a man who had demanded female-only bodyguards for the past few decades, and who fancies himself a bit of a forward-thinking feminist, these are rather odd words.
But the Gaddafis are not a traditional Arab ruling family. They are neither slick-suited businessmen like the Mubaraks, nor a conventional Arab dynasty. They neither have the poise of the Moroccan royal family, nor the glamour of the Jordanian one. They have no blue blood and no statesmanship to garner any prestige.
-Nesrine Malik is a Sudanese-born writer and commentator who lives in London. She previously worked in the financial sector