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Looks like the mad Colonel is not going down without a fight!

Forces loyal to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are moving into rebel territory in the east, capturing an oil installation in the town of Brega. The BBC’s John Simpson in the nearby city of Ajdabiya says the 100-vehicle convoy is expected to head towards it, and an arms dump there has been bombed. The city’s defenders are in a high state of excitement and expecting an attack, our correspondent says.

How will this end? Could Ghadaffi retain control of part of Libya? Are the opposition trained and armed enough to counter his stormtroopers? The US seems determined NOT to get involved in any military sense based on the measly comments from Robert Gates so it looks like the Libyan rebels are on their own. Meanwhile the UN squeaks and makes its usual inanities even as its very own Human Rights Council contains…Libya.

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8 thoughts on “GHADAFFI FIGHTS BACK…

  1. Something very strange going on among the international bystanders watching the protests and rebellions in the Middle East, they just do not seem to be acting as expected, – much oohing! and ahhhing!, but nothing much else, – whether it be NATO, (Nothing to do with us Guv!), the US, (Tut! tut!, the kids are squabbling again), – and as much seems to go for those other world players in the Far East and Russia. Are they really all just standing by ‘waiting to see what happens?’, – I very much doubt it! – but just what is their little game? – and please don’t insult me by spouting all that stuff about freedom, and democracy, there isn’t a single one of them that has the slightest interest in anything of the kind.

    The only one who ‘steps where angels fear to tread’, is our one and only ‘Call me Dave’, Cameron. Being a newby on the political and diplomatic scene, it seems he sees the unrest in Libya as a chance to make a name for himself, and at the same time give Blair’s fragile reputation, a final kick into the wilderness.

    Boldly going where few have gone before, (and learnt their lesson), he declares plans for a ‘no-fly’ zone, – problem is no-one else seems too keen on the idea, including the rebels.


    Not content with that faux pas, he went on to declare that military intervention was on the cards, – only to be rebuffed, – once again, – by the very rebels he feels he should be helping.

    ‘In addition, the Prime Minister was forced to downplay his assertion that he was prepared to arm rebels seeking to oust Colonel Gaddafi.’


    Yes, I know that’s a DM link, but this one seems quite legit, and was repeated on the BBC…(spit! spit!). Sorry about that, it happens whenver I see those initials!…

    It must be something in the water at No.10, first we have Blair, then Brown, pretending to be ‘World Leaders’, and having the audacity to give advice to anyone who cares to listen, and now we have Cameron following in their footsteps.

    Dave, – you don’t mind me calling you that, do you? – give it a rest, – all those other ‘leaders’ are just waiting for some idiot to make the first move that will ignite the ME into the start of WWIII, or somesuch, and who will then take all the blame when the history is written. Their only concern is just how they can capitilise and profit from the curent mess, – a 100% self-interest situation.

    So, be a good lad, and focus on our problems here at home, you know we will thank you for it, – as will our depleted military

    They do say its a fool who has to renact history, rather than learn from it!

  2. >>The US seems determined NOT to get involved in any military sense <<

    Strange. After all, this rebellion is clearly the work of Iran.

  3. As noted in various places, these successful peaceful ( and non peaceful ) revolts have largely been non sectarian and may be extremely harmful to Al Queda, the Iran theocracy, and the other very bad actors in the region.

    Egypt and Tunisia, if successful would be Al Queda’s worst nightmare – successful revolutions both peaceful and nonsectarian.

  4. That they were even in any position related to human rights, seems to indicate that even in politics it isn’t what you know, but who you know. If he was as bad as is now suggested, doesn’t that alone say much about the general hypocrisy of the UN and its fellow travellers?

  5. yip
    I have no doubt the torture cells of Egypt didnt harm Al Qaedas recruitment numbers

  6. I have to say, there’s a big stink of hypocrisy in all of this. Both British and US governments (both con/rep and lab/dem) have been cow-towing to states such as Libya “because we need the oil”, and now we leave the pro-democracy rebels to fend for themselves when push comes to shove.
    I understand that there are worries about radical Islamists taking control, and that is certainly a legitimate concern. But I’m not happy with the way in which our governments always seem to “play” the situation with only our own interests in mind. We should never have been selling arms to Gaddafi’s regime in the first place. I think the citizens of these countries do have a legitimate reason to be angry and distrust us.

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