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Gaddafi Hiding, Tyrants Around the World Quaking

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In Libya, anti-Gaddafi protesters burned public buildings, including the state television, People’s Hall, and police stations, according to reports from Tripoli. Reports from Al-Arabiya also indicate that Libyan air force jets have bombed protesters, killing an estimated 160 people.

Gaddafi’s whereabouts were unknown. In 1986 he narrowly escaped a raid by U.S. Air Force jets in an attack launched in retaliation for Libya setting a terrorist bomb at a German disco.

Although his regime has cut the Internet, there are apparently satellite dishes and other means of communication with the outside world. Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, and the BBC have been able to talk with doctors in Benghazi where more than 300 people were killed before soldiers defected and joined the protesters.

Even China is reportedly concerned now about the impact of constant demonstrations in support of democracy in half a dozen or more nations.

Sayf al-Islam, one of Gaddafi’s sons, warned in a speech early Sunday that the country was facing a civil war that would leave it torn into two parts. Gaddafi junior said he and his father would fight to the last bullet. It is more likely to be the last Molotov cocktail.

Although Tunisia and Egypt have already fallen to democracy, the collapse of Gaddafi’s regime would be a staggering symbol of how the wave of democracy sweeping the world was unlikely to stop in North Africa and the Middle East.

The U.S. and other Western nations have condemned the Gaddafi regime for killing protesters.

Gaddafi opponents in the east, including important tribal leaders, have said they could stop the flow of oil to Western nations in 24 hours if they choose. Without oil revenue, the 68-year-old leader would be in serious difficulty. There already have been reports of him bringing in mercenaries. If that is true they will want to be paid.

Wintershall AG, a German company that is a major exporter of Libyan oil, has closed its office and sent expat employees and their families home.

Gaddafi himself would likely have a more difficult time finding a haven than presidents Mubarak or Ben Ali. First, it would need to be safe, and second it would have to be a country powerful enough to withstand worldwide condemnation.

For those interested in watching events, Al Jazeera, though it is blocked in Libya, is getting film. It is available in many areas of the world, including the U.S., now that LinkTV is carrying its telecasts.

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  • Glenn Contrarian

    Does anybody really think that we’d see so many pro-democracy (or at least anti-dictatorship) uprisings in the world if the American president and his closest advisers were still spewing violent anti-Muslim rhetoric?

  • Doug Hunter

    Glenn,

    I thought a few of these were seen as American supported puppets? How does that support your theory? I think perhaps you’re being a little Ameri-centric here. I’m sure their are some idiots on the other side trying to sell the idea that this is the domino effect Bush’s “pro democracy” policies were pushing for as well. Personally, I think technology and the desire of people to be free of government oppression is likely a more accurate storyline… that or the new Republican congress… (just had to get a rise).

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    Amazing, Glenn credits the recent developments in the Middle East to changed attitudes toward Muslims on the part of this administration.

    There are no limits to being in denial.

  • troll

    stunning partisanship

    but hey – one story’s as good as another

  • Robert Weller

    I have no idea why. I do think social media played at least a small part. Probably movies, books, video games and lots of other things. Or it could be that humans inherently want to be free. There can be no doubt that it is a good thing. Whether the U.S. and the West encouraged it or delayed it is over my head.

  • troll

    Al Jazeera and twitter – Tripoli is getting bombarded

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski
  • LynnfromBC

    It is interesting that there have not been reports of Gaddafi giving a public appearance, although his son made it clear that he is in the country.

    Gadaffi suffers from many fears and phobias, and being hunted down and found cowering in a hole like Saddam is not the least of them.

  • remesquaddie

    And how far off are we in the USA from doing the same? We are controlled by a police system that owe their allegiance to the people we put in power , and not to us. The day is coming.

  • troll

    …agreed remesquaddie

  • http://takeitorleaveit.typepad.com/an roger nowosielski

    Al Jazeera live stream

  • Robert Weller

    re the u.s. i believe your concerns are valid. and i blame the mainstream media for much of the problem.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    Although Tunisia and Egypt have already fallen to democracy, the collapse of Gaddafi’s regime would be a staggering symbol of how the wave of democracy sweeping the world was unlikely to stop in North Africa and the Middle East.

    Say what? There is no “democracy” of any sort in north Africa, guys – no matter what the rose-colored glasses folks tell you.

  • Robert Weller

    No there is no democracy in North Africa, not yet. But there will be inshallah. I do not believe Arabs are either genetically or inherently incapable of democracy.

  • http://ruvysroost.blogspot.com Ruvy

    I’d prefer to agree with you, Robert as to Arabs not being incapable of operating a democracy. Lebanon used to be a democracy of sorts. But my Arab friends tell me different.

  • Robert Weller

    It is important to note that Gaddafi used his Air Force to attack his own people today in Tripoli.