Readers may remember one of the media’s anointed darlings of the Libyan uprising of 2011. For those who need a reminder, in 2011 Muammar Gadhafi’s Libya was convulsed by popular protests generated by the Arab Spring. When Gadhafi stupidly broadcast to the world his intention to crush the revolt by massive force, some Western nations—who had previously favored him—turned on him and used their militaries to have him deposed.
One of the propaganda stories to arise out of the uprising was the drama of Iman Al-Obeidi. On March 26, 2011, she ran into Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel, where foreign journalists were staying. She screamed and wailed that she had been raped by Gadhafi’s security forces, and bared scars and bruises as evidence.
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