|Man in a Desert||
Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi Just appeared a few minutes ago in Green Square and spoke to several hundred of his supporters. Unlike his phone call yesterday, today he was defiant, seemed in good spirits and delivered a battling speech, the message being I'm not leaving and come and get me if you can! He announced that he's ready to open arsenals and arm the tribes. Now that's a recipe for disaster.
I must admit that he wrong-footed me!
This could turn out to be a protracted, drawn out crisis, with Gaddafi holed up in Tripoli and the opposition on the outside but so farwithout the means to march on Tripoli and evict him.
Unless he is it taken out with a bullet from the inside I'm afraid that the battle for Tripoli will follow Gaddafi's formula announced in his historic speech on Tuesday, February 22: Acre by acre, house to house, room to room, alley to alley, individual by individual. That is far too high a price for the unfortunate Libyan people to pay. But the price of liberty has always been exorbitant.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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