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Originally posted by ipsedixit
reply to post by Eurisko2012
It is definitely an interesting juncture. I think uppermost on NATO's agenda will be the arrest of Gaddafi. Taking out the kingpin will cut through many difficulties.
For me the question is whether or not there is hardened support for Gaddafi. The sort of resilience that the Afghans bring to circumstances like this. Even if a Libyan equalled one tenth of an Afghan or a Vietnamese, in terms of tenacity and "mind your own business-ness", NATO might have it's hands full for a long time.
edit on 24-8-2011 by ipsedixit because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by ipsedixit
reply to post by confreak
I agree with what you are saying with the exception of the importance of Gaddafi. He appears to have built a classic cult of personality around himself. His arrest or death is a top priority for NATO.
I do think the NTC will have a tough time ahead, though, no matter what their strategy might be.
reward of up to $25 million
His arrest or death is a top priority for NATO
Originally posted by ignant
next phase, US sends Nato ground troops?
Fighting in central Tripoli has continued - as rebels claim they have besieged a cluster of apartments where they believe Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and some of his sons are hiding.
The Arab League has given its full backing to Libya's rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people and said it was time for Libya to take back its permanent seat on the League's council.
"We agreed that it is time for Libya to take back its legitimate seat and place at the Arab League. The NTC will be the legitimate representative of the Libyan state," Nabil Elaraby, the League's secretary-general, told reporters in Cairo.
The NTC's representative at the League, Abdelmoneim el-Houni, said Libya would resume its League membership at a meeting of Arab ministers on Saturday.
(CNN) -- After months of psychological torment by guards loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, when a commotion arose outside the door of his solitary confinement cell in Tripoli's most notorious prison, Matthew VanDyke was sure he was going to be executed.
"Despite everything, I have no problems with Libyans," VanDyke said, describing his safety and plans in Tripoli. "But I'll be determined to stay here to see the end of Gadhafi."
VanDyke said he was eventually able to hook up with another escaped inmate who had ties to rebel forces and could speak English.
If you don't like Gaddafi, then remove him on your own. If you can't do it on your own it means you don't have enough support. You need to get more support. If you can't succeed, you have to accept it. But selling one's country to foreign power for the sake of coming to power is treason.
The public didn't learn much about supporting "freedom fighters" in the 1980's.
He took up arms against a sovereign nation? Only in this land of confusion he is deemed a hero.