They will say this message is recorded … It’s Sunday, the 21st of August. Time is 1:37 Libya time.Muammar Gaddafi • Speaking on Libyan state television about an hour ago, and trying to confirm that he in fact was speaking live, right there, right then. He called the rebels “rats,” and expressed disbelief that the country had deteriorated to this point. ”You need to Love Libya,” he said. “How can you allow those people to play with Libya? Instead of being happy we’re sad.”
nhaler says: RE: Gaddafi
But do you think he WILL leave? Not two weeks ago, you guys called BS on another prediction that he'd step down, citing his unerring obstinacy. Indeed, the Americans had a minor interest in Gaddafi remaining in power, hoping the uprising would blow over and leave Libya on the path to Liberalisation that it was now on. Do you think those ambitions have been abandoned?
» SFB says: These stories keep cropping up. I added the question mark myself, because as has been proven with the situation regarding Saleh in Yemen, these dictators and longstanding leaders will do everything they can to hold power — even when they say they’re going to resign. My feeling: If Gaddafi leaves Libya, it’ll be by force. — Ernie @ SFB
» It’s worth noting that these rebel leaders are being tried in absentia, as they’re currently busy doing rebel stuff. Additionally, if and when Gaddafi’s government falls, the outcome of these trials will likely be inconsequential. Nevertheless, it’s an indication of the regime’s confidence in its ability to triumph that they’re proceeding with the trials anyway. Whether this portrayal of confidence is genuine or tactical remains to be seen.
» Harsh words for the dictator: One of the players to defect, goalie Juma Gtat, put his feelings as such: ”I am telling Col Gaddafi to leave us alone and allow us to create a free Libya. In fact I wish he would leave this life altogether.” This is significant for a number of reasons — first, it comes after some notable military defections, and secondly, soccer is particularly huge in North Africa. That means that Gaddafi just lost some pretty significant allies in a public relations war.