This, from the Guardian blog covering the protests in the Arab and Muslim worlds (21.2.11), almost speaks for itself about the real meanings of neo-liberal blah:
Saif might be the current face of his father's bloody response to protests, but in the very recent past he's chosen to portray himself as a notably more liberal figure.
In 2009 he received a PhD from the London School of Economics, with a thesis titled: "The Role of Civil Society in the Democratisation of Global Governance Institutions: From 'Soft Power' to Collective Decision-Making".
In May last year he was invited back to the LSE to deliver a lecture, the full 82 minutes of which can be listened to on the university's website.
The recording has Gaddafi introduced by David Held, a professor of politics at LSE, who describes the dictator's son as a friend as well as someone he knows from academia.
In a quote which Held might not relish listening to today, he describes Gaddafi's son as such: "Saif is committed to resolving contentious international issues through dialogue, debate and peaceful negotiations."