FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

IR Hypotheticals: If Biggie Smalls Were to Grade Qaddafi Using the 10 Crack Commandments

I started the post below about 5 years ago but never finished it.  Within the world of International Relations there's always a good amount of discussion on counter-factuals and hypotheticals which can be downright gloomy.  If I have the good fortune to get my doctorate one day, I think this type of comparison below would liven up the classroom atmosphere.

Now I think my motivation level with regard to Q has passed the time has passed with regards to Qaddafi so I offer my incomplete post below just to, you know, get my brilliant ideas out there in the universe (warning some foul language below because, you know, this is a rap song by a drug dealer).


In honor of Biggie Smalls day, I have decided to grade Qaddafi by the most gangster of grading mechanisms: Notorious' 10 Crack Commandments (video link is at the end of this post).   An interesting fact is that prior to his timely demise, he was a prolific hotelier in Africa.  If you stayed at a hotel on the continent it was likely one that he built and owned.  

1. Never let no one know, how much, dough you hold.  Q has definitely done a bang up job here.  All anyone can do is guess.  CBS News reports on it here.

2. Never let 'em know your next move. Q has been surprising the world for 40 years now.  He's a stalwart disciple in this respect.  Especially when it comes to wardrobe choices:

3. Never trust no-bo-dy.  Woops.

 4. Never get high, on your own supply.  I don't think anyone who has watched his speeches has any doubt about this one.  

5. Never sell no crack where you rest at.  

6. That god damn credit, dead it.

7. Keep your family and business completely separated.  Q fails big time here.  Nepotism is the rule not the exception.  

8. Never keep no weight on you.  Q fails.  Fails. Fails. Fails.

9. If you ain't gettin bags stay the fuck from police.  For the uninitiated, this means don't snitch. 

10. A strong word called consignment.  

You can listen to the 10 Crack Commandments here.

More fun stuff:
The Madmen of Africa

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