That Libyan strongman
Do not fret over the way you render the name of Libya’s longtime ruler. He Who Cannot Be Spelled has more variant transliterations from the Arabic than there are loopy anti-evolution measures pending in our state legislatures.
You can use Gadhafi, as the AP/Tribune/WSJ do; Qaddafi, after NYT; Khaddify, like NBC news; or your own fanciful concoction.
There are three things to keep in mind.
1. The lack of a universally accepted system of transliteration from Arabic makes multiple versions inevitable.
2. No matter which choice you make, no one is going to mistake whom you’re writing about, so just pick one and be consistent.
3. Once the armed people around him decide that, like Caligula, he is no longer of use to them, we will be able to stop writing about him altogether.