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    Re: Hundreds of Libyans shot down

    From Reuters:

    Members of a Libyan army unit said they had defected and "liberated" the country's second city from forces loyal to veteran leader Muammar Gaddafi after scores of protesters were killed in the bloodiest revolt now shaking the Arab world.

    Two residents of Benghazi told Reuters on Sunday that members of the army's "Thunderbolt" squad had switched sides after days of violence that mark the most serious challenge to Gaddafi's 42-year rule. Al Jazeera reported clashes in the capital between thousands of protesters and Gaddafi supporters.
    Libyan unit defects as more Arab protests simmer | Reuters

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    Re: Hundreds of Libyans shot down

    Quote Originally Posted by USA_1 View Post
    In a democracy the government would be justified to defend itself. In a dictatorship, not so much.
    Who gets to decide which government is a dictatorship or not???

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    Re: Hundreds of Libyans shot down

    Quote Originally Posted by Gray_Fox_86 View Post
    True.

    Why would you admit to that? You know just because the "leaders" change does not mean the system does. And if the system is corrupt it then needs to go.
    The government doesn't neccesarily have to be corrupt for people to rise up against it. Some people might just disagree with it's direction or policies. That's why we have elections. To change the government. The only reason US citizens could justify a revolt is if the president disbanded the government, repealed the constitution and declared marshal law.
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    Re: Hundreds of Libyans shot down

    Quote Originally Posted by USA_1 View Post
    And you know this how?
    Seriously? I know this from READING them...from going to non traditional, non-mainstream news sources and reading them. Kind of the point. Hell...try Google. The stories are out there...they are not being pumped like the Egyptian uprising was. And you dont find that at all curious?

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    Libyan unit "defects" as more Arab protests simmer

    Members of a Libyan army unit said they had defected and "liberated" the country's second city from forces loyal to veteran leader Muammar Gaddafi after scores of protesters were killed in the bloodiest revolt now shaking the Arab world.

    Two residents of Benghazi told Reuters on Sunday that members of the army's "Thunderbolt" squad had switched sides after days of violence that mark the most serious challenge to Gaddafi's 42-year rule. Al Jazeera reported clashes in the capital between thousands of protesters and Gaddafi supporters.
    Source: Reuters

    Looks like this is progressing the most meaning we may see an ousting here as well. So far that particular aspect has been a North African phenomena.
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    Re: Libyan unit "defects" as more Arab protests simmer

    This is great news and hope it's a trend that leads eventually to Gaddafi getting the same treatment afforded to Mussolini and he is removed from power and summarily executed.

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    Re: Libyan unit "defects" as more Arab protests simmer

    Well there goes the price of gas! Damnit!
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    Re: Libyan unit "defects" as more Arab protests simmer

    To be honest, I'm quite surprised. A massive display of violence is usually a very effective way for a horrible government like Qadaffi's to silence protesters. But maybe it was just too little, too late. The BBC is reporting that Qadaffi's son appeared on state television and admitted that the military overreacted. He also seemed to be suggesting that Libya was at risk of fragmenting into two countries, since the Qadaffis have essentially lost control of the entire eastern half of the country but maintain power in Tripoli.
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    Re: Hundreds of Libyans shot down

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    Depends in what they're protesting over really, and the validity of the government.
    Quote Originally Posted by USA_1 View Post
    In a democracy the government would be justified to defend itself. In a dictatorship, not so much.
    The legitimacy of government is subjective; every government believes itself to be legitimate.

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    Re: Hundreds of Libyans shot down

    When were the protesters shot down? Has the White House made a statement? I can't find one online yet.

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