It's about time Libya got it's own thread. I think we are on the verge of something extremely serious going down in this country. Both sides have said that they are going to fight until the bloody end.
If rebels close in on the city and Qaddafi reaches his breaking point, who knows how bad it could get...the White House is worried that Tripoli might still be well stocked with conventional weapons, Scud missiles, and ... mustard gas or other chemical weapons.
The Journal:The headlines tonight are that he never mentioned Qaddafi specifically, but I think that’s a simple matter of not wanting to provoke a rabid dog any more than he has to with de facto death squads roaming the streets of Tripoli. The goal here was to express solidarity with Libyan rebels; mission accomplished. What this achieved in practical terms, I have no idea, but if you believe that the president of the United States is obliged in moments of international brutality to check the box with a statement of official moral condemnation, consider this box checked.
The one meaningful thing he said here was that we’re considering a “full range of options” on how to deal with Qaddafi, which in diplo-speak is a notch below “all options are on the table” as a wink-wink about military action. The more I read on the wires, though, the more unlikely it seems that external force will be needed. The news arc today has been all about more cities falling to protesters, with Qaddafi relegated to shrinking territory in and around the new terrordome of Tripoli.
Forces loyal to strongman Col. Moammar Gadhafi imposed rough order in Libya’s increasingly fearful capital Wednesday, witnesses said, that stood in sharp contrast to rebel gains in much of the rest of the oil-rich country.
Gunshots echoed through the night in Tripoli as Col. Gadhafi clung to power even as the international community discussed ways to isolate him with sanctions. More territory slipped from his control, and rebels began to set up rudimentary governments in outlying areas under their sway…
In the eastern coastal city of Baida, where opposition forces overcame pro-Gadhafi fighters on Tuesday, sheiks, academics and businessmen met in a domed meeting hall to discuss how to oversee security, distribute food and fuel and recollect weapons spread widely amid the uprising…
“Everything is in chaos now,” said Hamdy Yaqoub, a professor of environmental science at Omar Mukhtar University, an elder at the meeting.
- Witness says Libyan army hits mosque near Tripoli
- Area controlled by Libya's leader Gaddafi is shrinking, reports say, as the opposition consolidates its gains.
- A huge operation is under way to try to evacuate hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals.
- Tripoli Streets Deserted After Gadhafi Urges Attacks on Protesters
- Witness: 'Everyone's scared, hiding'
- Anti-government protesters declared victory in Libya's third largest city
.. also. WTF is wrong with the UN?
Libya is a member of the UN Human Rights Council
The last dig at Obama really isn't needed. But you get the point.