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The dictator’s last stand

Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, speaking on Libyan state television. (Via Global Voices Online, which is compiling tweets about his speech.)

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1 Comment

  1. Aaron Read

    Anyone who underestimates Qaddafi does so at their peril. He may SEEM nutty to us in the West but that’s only because he has no reason to appear “sane” to us. He has absolute power and is under no obligation to listen to anyone other than himself. He’s also an exceedingly shrewd manipulator and dictator who still has a firm grip on a substantial military…a military that’s apparently quite willing to open fire on its own citizens. Something Egypt’s military was publicly unwilling to do. Plus Libya is fairly small, only 4 million people. Much easier to control a smaller populace.

    If I were a betting man, I wouldn’t be putting any money on his demise just yet.

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