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Gaddafi has lost it ...
Al-Jazeera ^ | 23 Feb 2011 20:21 GMT | Marwan Bishara

Posted on 02/23/2011 12:41:36 PM PST by Red Badger

The Libyan leader has lost all three pillars of his rule - tribal, military and diplomatic. Judging from his desperate speech last night, he seems to be losing his mind and perhaps his nerves.

That's why it's only a question of time for his regime to breakdown.

For the last four decades, Gaddafi has based the stability of his rule on a careful balancing act among more than 100 tribes and clans, especially the 30 influential among them, that pride themselves on playing an important role in freeing Libya from colonialism.

Gaddafi has used bribes when possible, blackmail and scare tactics when necessary, to insure the tribes' loyalty to the regime, or at least its neutrality.

However, over the last few days, one after the other, Libyan tribes have declared their opposition to the Gaddafi regime and vowed their support and allegiance to the revolution of February 17.

Diplomatic breakdown

Gaddafi has also lost his diplomatic core as the country's overseas diplomats have been quitting their jobs in protest against the violence while others have expressed outright support of the revolution.

In reality, the Libyan regime no longer has diplomatic relations with the outside world, which for all practical purposes has severed all relations with his regime.

Much of the world considers Gaddafi's regime outlawed.

Last but not the least, the Gaddafi security regime has been losing support among its armed forces as fighter jet pilots, sailors and entire military bases disobey orders and take a stand in favour of the revolution.

Gaddafi has admitted that his police force has deserted and gone home refusing to use arms against the protesters. As a result, entire cities have been liberated from the grip of the regime.

Watching Benghazi, the largest city in the east, as well as other cities, celebrate their newly gained freedom illustrates the degree to which the Libyan regime has lost influence in the country.

The capital, Tripoli, might still prove to be the most dangerous. An escalation in the capital where Gaddafi’s sons have concentrated their militias might lead to more bloodshed.

As Gaddafi 'loses it', diving deeper in isolation and finding no way out, he is more than capable of ordering the worst crimes.

Unless he loses the loyalty of these militias, or they are deterred from carrying his orders, the last hours and days could prove to be violent.

Having said that, like the Tunisian and Egyptian military before them, the Libyan military and militias could still prove to be more conscientious than their dictators.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: africa; dictators; gaddafi; libya; libyacrisis; theend

1 posted on 02/23/2011 12:41:37 PM PST by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

“Judging from his desperate speech last night, he seems to be losing his mind and perhaps his nerves. “

Lifelong VD will do that.


2 posted on 02/23/2011 12:43:03 PM PST by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: Red Badger

Did he EVER have “it”?


3 posted on 02/23/2011 12:43:19 PM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: Red Badger

He probably lost it years ago and were just now finding out.


4 posted on 02/23/2011 12:44:04 PM PST by MaxMax
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To: Red Badger

Give him time, it takes a while to pack all his tents.


5 posted on 02/23/2011 12:44:47 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (I see a dark cloud coming over the horizon, and its reminiscent of 1939.)
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To: Red Badger

I hate to see worse take his place.

However, I’m not at all sad to see him go.

He’s been Z # last evil from the beginning.


6 posted on 02/23/2011 12:44:52 PM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: Red Badger

I continue to think that Gaddafi may go the gotterdammerung route. Technically he got rid of everything in 2003. But what if he lied a little? I just don't see him retiring to France. I think it might be payback time, Baby!

7 posted on 02/23/2011 12:45:24 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: Red Badger

Time to start the death/escape pool on him. My guess: escape to Venezuela, March 2.


8 posted on 02/23/2011 12:46:25 PM PST by thesharkboy (<-- looking for the silver lining)
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To: DonaldC
I remember when The Gipper sent some F-111s to pay Gaddafi a visit.

Now that it has come out that he was personally behind Pan Am 103, I'd like to see a squadron of B-52s arc-light his arse!

9 posted on 02/23/2011 12:46:54 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: Red Badger
Judging from his desperate speech last night, he seems to be losing his mind and perhaps his nerves.

I get the feeling the old boy lost his nerve and mind back when Reagan flew the bomb through his bedroom window. Before that he was a fairly typical ME dictator. And usually appeared in military uniform. Ever since then he has done a lot of wild ranting and keeps showing up in weird cloths. He is like the Middle Eastern version of Michael Jackson.
10 posted on 02/23/2011 12:47:39 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Red Badger
But he still has his special Female Fighting Force.


11 posted on 02/23/2011 12:49:01 PM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

Now that it has come out that he was personally behind Pan Am 103, I’d like to see a squadron of B-52s arc-light his arse!

Ain’t gonna happen with this Admin.


12 posted on 02/23/2011 12:49:26 PM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: Red Badger


13 posted on 02/23/2011 12:50:29 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Red Badger

I was surfing the internet yesterday; and, I discovered several photos of Obama shaking Gaddafi’s hand, even seemed to be posing with him in one photo.

First - has any other president been stupid enough to shake his hand?

Second - Obama has to KNOW this guy is a flat out murderer...another WTF moment for the One.

Oh yeah, his son goes to international film festivals, rubs elbows with celebrities like Beyonce, Usher, and Bon Jovi, etc. What is wrong with these people? These same idiots wouldn’t be caught dead with George Bush’s dog (because he’s eeeevil); but, they gladly hang out with the family of a dictator. The world is truly upside down.


14 posted on 02/23/2011 12:51:28 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Red Badger

Sic Semper Tyrannis

15 posted on 02/23/2011 12:51:51 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Red Badger

16 posted on 02/23/2011 12:52:20 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: Col Frank Slade
Ain’t gonna happen with this Admin.

Probably because this admin is a Gaddafi wanna-be.

17 posted on 02/23/2011 12:53:19 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: Red Badger

I’d pick him in Howie Carr’s next death pool, but I don’t think his body would be found.


18 posted on 02/23/2011 12:54:14 PM PST by AU72
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To: Red Badger

WHAT REAGAN WOULD HAVE SAID ON TV:

“So-called Colonel Gadafi. We need to get Americans out of Libya. We need permission to land a plane there and take our people out. If you are unwilling to give us this permission, we will take your airspace by force. All of it. I ask the good people of Libya to pray that all of your planes are grounded and all missile systems DOWN at 0600 tomorrow morning GMT. It is 1800 GMT. You have twelve hours to comply.”

WHAT OBAMA SAID ON TV:

(...)


19 posted on 02/23/2011 12:58:45 PM PST by golux
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To: Red Badger

Question is, is this true are is it wishful thinking on the part of the brotherhood supporters.


20 posted on 02/23/2011 1:08:19 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: DonaldC

His face does seem to have been pock marked, like he had syphilis..............


21 posted on 02/23/2011 1:08:53 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Red Badger

Anyone remember the screams from the Leftists when Reagan tried to dump a bomb from a F-111 in Kadaffey’s lap?


22 posted on 02/23/2011 1:10:07 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Visit the TOMMY FRANKS MILITARY MUSEUM in HOBART, OK. I did, well worth it!)
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To: org.whodat

I didn’t read anything I’d disagree with or suspect as false or untrue.
They may be wishful thinking, but in reality it seems to be happening.............


23 posted on 02/23/2011 1:10:27 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Red Badger
Its time for the ugliest man on the planet to go.
24 posted on 02/23/2011 1:11:59 PM PST by DeaconRed (Sent from my Free Green BlueBerry Phone- - - - - - - - -)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

they always scream..............


25 posted on 02/23/2011 1:13:27 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Red Badger

aw, geez, i can’t see anderson cooper holding up that sign


26 posted on 02/23/2011 1:14:37 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (The great American prostate exam continues.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

That’s cause he’s on his knees...........


27 posted on 02/23/2011 1:15:55 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Red Badger

Yeah, well, Mo still has his fashion sense. It’s something.


28 posted on 02/23/2011 1:16:44 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

He may be walking a runway pretty soon...............


29 posted on 02/23/2011 1:18:10 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Red Badger

Trouble is with a lot of the garbage posted it is actually someones web address with an agenda. I don’t know who’s agenda. Start tracking the source of many of the posts in the end you just say damn, how do I know this is true.


30 posted on 02/23/2011 1:18:17 PM PST by org.whodat
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To: Red Badger

I wonder if he will go into a “coma” shortly after he leaves Libya, like the overthown leaders of Egypt and Tunisia reportedly did shortly after they escaped their countries?


31 posted on 02/23/2011 1:21:24 PM PST by OB1kNOb (Witty saying TBD.)
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To: Red Badger

I heard only a little of his ranting and raving on the news. I had to turn the volume down. His angry yelling and screaming did not resemble anything that comes out of the mouths of normal human beings.


32 posted on 02/23/2011 1:25:24 PM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Liberalism is against human nature. Practicing liberalism is detrimental to your mental stability.)
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To: Red Badger
more than 100 tribes and clans, especially the 30 influential among them, that pride themselves on playing an important role in freeing Libya from colonialism

Italy was Libya's colonial master. I was under the impression their rule was ended by the British Eighth Army. Al Jazeera propaganda?

33 posted on 02/23/2011 1:28:39 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Red Badger

Yes, some time around 1968...


34 posted on 02/23/2011 1:28:51 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Red Badger

I suspect he is in the advanced stages of syphilis.


35 posted on 02/23/2011 1:29:40 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: thesharkboy

Death: March 5, 2011


36 posted on 02/23/2011 1:30:28 PM PST by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: colorado tanker

Trading Italians for British is still colonial rule to them.
They did have a king before Gaddaffi.............


37 posted on 02/23/2011 1:30:52 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: OB1kNOb

There is a lot of that going around over there, it seems.
Maybe we could call it “Dictator Flu”........................


38 posted on 02/23/2011 1:32:39 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Red Badger

Why this is my Missile Defense Shield.

39 posted on 02/23/2011 1:37:19 PM PST by McGruff (If you tell a lie enough times some people will come to believe it.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

What would had happened if Saddam and his sons were still ruling Iraq? Would the Republican Guard had slaughtered all the protestors (mostly Kurds and Shi’ites).


40 posted on 02/23/2011 1:41:55 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: WayneS

Compare him to Al Capone and Idi Amin and you see a strange parallel to their actions..............


41 posted on 02/23/2011 1:43:43 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: lacrew
" The world is truly upside down."

It's the same people that took pride in rubbing shoulders with the Soviet elites. The CEO of Pepsi stayed at Breznev's dacha in the Crimea, something that even most of Breznev's cronies failed to achieve (incidentally, Pepsi was also all over the Arab world, which was quite fascist at the time; Coca Coal did not deal with either Soviets or Arabs). It is the same people that declared Hitler to be a charming man in 1930s.

Leftists hate Western civilization and celebrate everything and anything that opposes it, whether communists or third-world dictators.

42 posted on 02/23/2011 2:13:38 PM PST by TopQuark
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To: Red Badger

The British never colonized Libya. The British and French governed it under a UN mandate for a few years after the war, but they were simply paving the way to independence.


43 posted on 02/23/2011 2:50:49 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

To them, having a foreign power in charge of the country is the same as a colonial power. Think Judea and the Romans......


44 posted on 02/23/2011 4:00:18 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Red Badger

The only thing worse than this scenario is if Iran begins to fall. Ahmadinejad will have nothing to lose and unleash on Israel. And based on Obama’s reaction to Libya the most he’ll do is send Hillary to a meeting.


45 posted on 02/23/2011 4:10:20 PM PST by jerseyrocks
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To: Red Badger
I did some googling and I think you have a point. The peace treaty with Italy wasn't signed until 1947 and it was vague about the disposition of the colonies except they would no longer be Italian. The question wasn't resolved until 1949 when the UN decided on independence. So, it wasn't clear right from the end of the war that Libya would be granted independence.
46 posted on 02/23/2011 4:15:38 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: jerseyrocks

That’s all he will do. When everything collapses, blame Hillary.
They actually believe the UN can solve every crisis and world problem, merely with talk.......


47 posted on 02/23/2011 4:17:03 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: colorado tanker

Libya had to get independence.
It’s one of the countries mentioned as in existence in the end times prophecies, along with Egypt, Ethiopia, and Persia/Iran.......


48 posted on 02/23/2011 4:20:31 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Red Badger

49 posted on 02/23/2011 5:23:26 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (BYOST -- bring your own sark tag. Thank you.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND........

50 posted on 02/23/2011 5:36:26 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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