Monday, 28 February 2011

Libya's rebel army

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/world/africa/01unrest.html?_r=2

I love parts of this article on the Libyan rebels:
' defecting officers in the east of the vast, desert nation took steps to establish a unified command while their followers in the rebel-held city of Zawiyah, just outside the leader’s stronghold in the capital, displayed tanks, Kalashnikovs and antiaircraft guns.'
So many army units and police have defected the fight for Libya now looks like a success for the Libyan rebels as:
'a global effort to isolate Colonel Qaddafi and possibly force his resignation gained momentum over the weekend, with the United Nations Security Council moving to impose punitive financial sanctions and NATO allies discussing steps that included a possible no-fly zone over Libya'
'a day of increasing self-confidence among the rebels, who spoke of tapping revenue from the vast Libyan oil resources now under their control — estimated by some oil company officials to be about 80 percent of the country’s total. And in recognition of the insurrection’s growing power, Italy’s foreign minister on Sunday suspended a nonaggression treaty with Libya on the grounds that the Libyan state “no longer exists,” while Secretary of State Clinton said the United States was reaching out to the rebels to “offer any kind of assistance.”'
It seems that Gaddafi has no where to run and no where to hide. Surely this leaves him with only one remaining choice - to step down.
However this raises the issue of the violent protests as they are the first in the run of revolutions in the region. Is this the start of a new violent wave of protest, esecially if the Libyan rebels succeed?

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