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Khadaffi/Gaddafi/Qaddaffi flees Libya


However you spell his name, his days appear to be numbered:

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is believed to have fled the capital Tripoli after anti-government demonstrators breached the state television building and set government property alight.

Protesters appear to have gained a foothold in Tripoli as banks and government buildings were looted while demonstrators have claimed they have taken control of the second city Benghazi.

It is thought up to 400 people may have died in the unrest with dozens more reported killed in Tripoli overnight as protests reached the capital for the first time and army units were said to have defected to the opposition.

The Libyan justice minister has now resigned in protest at the 'excessive use of violence' against the protesters, according to the Quryna newspaper, while the Maltese Foreign Ministry said it is trying to establish why two Libyan fighter jets landed on the island today.

A coalition of Libyan Islamic leaders has issued a fatwa telling all Muslims it is their duty to rebel against the Libyan leadership and demanding the release of all jailed protesters.

The Network of Free Ulema of Libya also demanded the release of fellow Islamic scholar Sadiq al-Ghriani, who was arrested after criticising the government, and 'all imprisoned demonstrators, including many of our young students'.

As Europe and the U.S. condemned the regime's handling of the unrest, Gaddafi's son Saif said his family would 'fight until the last bullet'.

Libya has been under a virtual media blackout for the past two weeks, but leaked reports indicated that foreign mercenaries were brought in by Gaddafi to subdue ever-growing crowds of protesters.  For the time being Gaddafi's son and heir apparent, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, seems intent upon keeping his father's oppressive regime in power.

No word as of yet on the fate of the dictator's elite squad of hot female bodyguards ...

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Comments (16)

Saif needs to keep that las... (Below threshold)

Saif needs to keep that last bullet to use on himself.

When did Nancy Mc Keon move... (Below threshold)

When did Nancy Mc Keon move to Libya?

"When did Nancy Mc Keon mov... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"When did Nancy Mc Keon move to Libya?"

And why is she guarding Bono?

@Les NessmanI was ... (Below threshold)

@Les Nessman

I was thinking Gene Simmons, actually.

So which country will take ... (Below threshold)

So which country will take him? Besides France.

Sonny Saif is reported to... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

Sonny Saif is reported to have said; " To the last man, last woman and the last bullet". Sounds like a great plan....Providence grant that the whole effing works of 'em get on the same page!

Why am I nervous about the ... (Below threshold)
Don L:

Why am I nervous about the fall of a dictator?

#7Think You... (Below threshold)


Think Your nervous, just think of the Israeli's?

Once this Iranian, Hamas, jihadist movement unites these countries, watch out!

This is the start of some v... (Below threshold)

This is the start of some very painful times for our country as well. If nothing else, we will be paying appalling prices for gas thanks to this unrest in the Middle East and the EU will be taking a hit as well. Meanwhile, Zippy the Pretender has halted drilling for us (illegally since a Court has ruled his order not legit) so we're screwed beyond words!

#9Yeah, wel... (Below threshold)


Yeah, well maybe we should take a cue from the Egyptians and oust the worthless fool.

Protests??? What protests?... (Below threshold)

Protests??? What protests? Don't the laptops work?

Now why do I suspect that when the shooting dies down there will yet be a "Great Leader" controlling the countries wealth?

Obama can't do anything abo... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Obama can't do anything about that at the moment. He's all tied up ruining this country right now - but as soon as he's got it FUBAR, he promises to get right on these Middle Eastern thingies. Well, after a nice round of golf and perhaps a vacation (you do know Michelle wouldn't let him he was too busy to go with the family to Vail, right?).

Say, speaking of that - does anyone know of any really good Middle Eastern restaurants? Price and location are no object - he "won" you know, so he can just take "Air Force Won" to go out and eat.

Garandfan,<blockquote... (Below threshold)


So which country will take him? Besides France.

The peoples republic of Berkeley will welcome him (and any other ousted dictators) with open arms.

Theory - suppose all of the... (Below threshold)

Theory - suppose all of the 'spontaneous' uprisings are carefully orchestrated (Muslim Brotherhood and/or Mullahs)?? And suppose after all of the dust settles the overthrown countries unite - with the new unified front to confront the Western world as a Caliphate? Would we be ready?

Nuke them back to the stone... (Below threshold)
David B:

Nuke them back to the stone age . . . . . .

Of course that's not politically correct, but then it would give them a real reason to hate us.

The headline of the post... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

The headline of the post, Gaddhaffi fleeing Libya and coverage of"hot bodyguards" and comments such "nuking them back to the stone age" reflects the level of the wizbang conservative constituency.

But what do you mean back?






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