nhaler asks: 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
If he desires to stay in Libya, we will be the ones to determine the place and there will be international supervision on all his movements and communications.Mustafa Abdel Jalil, a rebel leader in Libya • He’s saying that Gaddafi can stay in Libya after he resigns, so long as he has supervision. It just shows that rebels are more eager to get to a peace deal. Rather than having him exiled, they’re willing to let him hang around after he’s out of power. This is all coming in response to a proposal from the African Union that rebels have interpreted as saying that Gaddafi shouldn’t have any sort of power anymore. source (via • follow)
» 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.
We will not kneel! We will not surrender: we only have one choice – to the end! Death, victory, it does not matter, we are not surrendering!Muammar Gaddafi • More or less affirming the attitude he’s been exemplifying for months. His defiant remarks came during a phone call to Libyan state television, during which the sounds of low-flying aircraft were audible over the line, and he quickly hung up. NATO’s offensive strikes in Libya have intensified recently — perhaps the result of President Obama agreeing with British PM David Cameron that it was time to ‘turn up the heat’ on Gaddafi and his forces? In any event, this much seems clear: Gaddafi would rather die than relinquish command, and NATO doesn’t intend to leave him in power. Gaddafi might get his wish on this one. source (via • follow)