Because when your prime minister is caught up in a sex/orgy scandal called the "bunga bunga" (and please tell me dear readers that you know that term is just offensive) that starred a sex worker called Ruby the Heartbreaker, there's not a lot lower your country can sink.
And, of course Muammar al-Gaddafi is (OK, peripherally) involved in this.
Update November 11, 2010: This is why, in case you weren't sure, "bunga bunga" is an offensive term. And I realize that they're relating someone else's joke, but "primitive tribe," Slate? Really?