It's not just greed, it's about power and the conscious display of power. Of course, they are closely related, since extravagant living is one way of flaunting that power. The risk in doing so, however, is that those around you will want what you have. Dictators throughout history have grown either so paranoid that they turn even those close to them against them, or so complacent that they don't expect the inevitable attack from inside or outside. More than 1000 years after the fall of Rome, the lessons of history have still not been learned.
I dunno. As far as drivers go it didnt really seem to be all that. A far cry from some of the daimond covered Benzes some of those Arabs drive. Beyond that all I can say is...Air Force One.
As far as extravagant living goes, I guess it's relative. I'd say the lions share of our federal government are living extravagant lives compared to a large percentage of the population. Perks of the office and all I guess. If the most they can point to is a middle of the road rv and some tents with a/c I wouldnt say he was living all that far out of line given his position. I doubt he was the only guy in Libya with an rv or a/c.
Not saying he wasn't a right royal bastard in the way he treated some of his people though....
2008 Ford F-450 "Lil Beasty"
2011 Heartland 3950 "Big Beasty"
1970 DW Made in Japan "Big Bossy"
2005 DD Made in Ohio "Big Pain"
2007 DD Made in Ohio "Lil Pain"
2004 GR Bahzu the dog "Big Sissy"
2010 Weim Mobo the dog "Fast Spaz"
Glad I'm not the only one who was woefully underimpressed with that rig. Really? Luxury? Sorry ... that kitchen was awful. He can have his cramped, compartmented mobile home. And the living room was ALL THE WAY in the back?
It may not be impressive by "decadent American" standards, but by Libyan standards (at least the typical Libyan), it probably looks quite extravagant. I saw a different report where there were several rebels inside the RV with the reporter. They seemed quite happy to have "liberated" the vehicle, although no one mentioned what they were going to do with it.