Nato launched its fiercest bombardment of Tripoli in weeks yesterday, while government forces responded to rebel claims of a breakout from Misrata with intensive shelling of civilian areas in the port city.The Free Libya forces, as the rebels have asked to be called, broke through the front line in small numbers in the country's third-largest city and had consolidated their new positions to the west of the port, according to independent reports.

“Plebiscites are a fraud against democracy,” he subsequently writes.

“Those who vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ do not, in fact, express their free will but, rather, are silenced by the modern conception of democracy as they are not allowed to say more than ‘yes’ or ‘no.’” For several pages, Qaddafi adeptly highlights the shortcomings of various aspects of Western democracy.

If ever the phrase “vanity press” fit, it does here.

The egomania that compelled Qaddafi to write a book presenting itself as a political Rosetta Stone also drove the substance therein.

The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong.

reads as Qaddafi’s imitation of Mao’s Little Red Book, updated for the ’70s and tailored for the Muslim world.

Whereas Black Panthers far from China peddled Mao’s Little Red Book long after it was written, Qaddafi’s little green book has transcended neither Libya’s borders nor its Marx-on-the-march, mid-seventies publication date. Elsewhere, the slim volume is read rarely—and only then as a curiosity.

The second month into a NATO campaign that hoped to oust the Libyan strongman in days, it’s clear that Westerners don’t understand Muammar Qaddafi. Though it isn’t particularly germane to the world, the work sheds light on the personality that has repeatedly drawn the ire of the world.

The Libyan leader evokes the political religion he proselytizes. Even after NATO bombarded his Tripoli residence this weekend, Qaddafi still stands. Flynn is the author of numerous books, including "Blue Collar Intellectuals: When the Enlightened and the Everyman Elevated America," now available from ISI Books.