As a special Tuesday Newsday report with a request for you as a valued viewer to form your own intelligent analysis, here is an inside look at Muammar Qaddafi and his elite female personal bodyguard staffÂ known as the Amazonian Guard to add to the continuous mainstream media news cycle flashes in order to offer a different perspective for consideration and for some, a unique form of inspiration.
The Amazonian Guard (also “the Amazons”) is an unofficial name given by western journalists to an all-female elite cadre of bodyguards officially known as Ø§Ù„Ø±Ø§Ù‡Ø¨Ø§Øª Ø§Ù„Ø«ÙˆØ±ÙŠØ§Øª al-rahibat al-thawriyyat “The Revolutionary Nuns“, and sometimes also unofficially called “the Green Nuns,” tasked with protecting the leader of Libya, Muammar al-Gaddafi.
The group was formed in the early 1980s, after Gaddafi’s official resignation as Libyan head of state in favour of the title of “Brotherly Leader and Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya”. This came as a surprise, as Gaddafi was known for his misogynistic outbursts during the 1970s, and in his Green Book he had made clear that he saw the role of women confined to housekeeping and motherhood.
Gaddafi reportedly employed a cadre of female bodyguards because he believed that an Arab gunman would have difficulty firing at women. But it has also been submitted that Gaddafi’s female bodyguards are in reality just an aspect of the dictator’s well-known eccentric showmanship and his fondness of surrounding himself with young women.
Candidates for the Amazonian Guard undergo extensive firearms and martial arts training at a special academy, must take an oath of chastity, and must be hand-picked by Gaddafi himself. Members of this bodyguard are allowed privileges such as dressing in Western-style fatigues and wearing makeup, or displaying Western hair styles and high heels.