All of last week I’ve been thinking about it. Do people actually ever “retire” from politics? Sure. Qadaffi’s son just announced he’s doing it. But can you really trust someone who says their retiring from politics once they’ve tasted the sweet nectar of power? I can’t help but wonder if this is Qadaffi Junior’s way of setting up a comeback, which allows him to say “I wanted to retire, but the people of Libya demanded my return”. And if it is true. Well. Qadaffi has 6 other sons. Well. Five really. The youngest one assaulted people in Switzerland so that’s not going to bode well for his foreign policy portfolio.
Anyways. All that aside. The question of whether people really do retire from politics is interesting. Sure. It’s not common in the Arab world, where leaders and politicians across the spectrum, seem to take a ’till death do we part’ vow. But. To be fair. This does seem to be somewhat evident across the board, in every nation. Most politicians never seem to go away.
Politics is simply too strong a temptress. And saying you’re retiring from politics after having danced avidly in the political arena, is the easiest lie a politician will ever have to tell.