Gaddafi's arrival at the UN
UN HQ, New York: Colonel Gaddafi paused, smiled and waved as he took a step into the United Nations and into the embrace of what is rather misleadingly called "the international community".
"What is your message to Britain?" I shouted at the man I last saw in Tripoli in 2004 when Tony Blair travelled to Libya. His reply was wordless. He raised his hand in a Churchillian victory salute.
It is a gesture unlikely to reassure Western diplomats who fear the capacity of the colonel to upstage and embarrass the other world leaders here. US TV networks are gripped by the sight of the tent which follows Gaddafi everywhere and has been erected in suburban New York on land owned by the billionaire Donald Trump.
The prime minister, in particular, fears that his efforts to get agreements on the economy, climate change, non-proliferation and world trade will be overshadowed by the moment he is forced to share a room and, perhaps, a handshake with the man who celebrated the return home of the Lockerbie bomber.
Now, he and many others in New York are waiting to see what Gaddafi will say and whether it will be as provocative as that welcome home and that victory salute.