"For what is Evil but Good-tortured by its own hunger and thirst?"
- Khalil Gibran
Let's just hope that Qhadaffi doesn't get really desperate. It would suck for the U.S. to be seen as sitting back and allowing this to happen.
WASHINGTON—The government of Col. Moammar Gadhafi hasn't destroyed significant stockpiles of mustard gas and other chemical-weapons agents, raising fears in Washington about what could happen to them—and whether they may be used—as Libya slides further into chaos.
Tripoli also maintains control of aging Scud B missiles, U.S. officials said, as well as 1,000 metric tons of uranium yellowcake and vast amounts of conventional weapons that Col. Gadhafi has channeled in the past to militants operating in countries like Sudan and Chad.
Today, Libya's ambassador to the UN reiterated his call for international sanctions against the Gadhafi regime and its supporters. The BBC reported:
Mr Shalgham [Abdurrahman Mohamed Shalgham ] told the UN tangible, effective action must be taken to stop Col Gaddafi, his sons and their supporters from what they are doing. He called for sanctions against the Gaddafi family and their supporters.
By reaffirming his call for sanctions, the Ambassador undercut the rationale likely to be raised by some states that such a resolution would be interfering with state sovereignty. Whether the UN adopts a meaningful resolution on a timely basis remains to be seen. IMO, prospects for such a resolution tonight, tomorrow, or this weekend remain very slim.
I wonder why Gadhafi's opponents don't get organized and go after him directly.
^Probably because it still is a bit too dangerous. While 4 military aircraft may have defected or not carried out their orders. There still are many more that have and continue to do so. Gadhafi is not out of the fight just yet.
I believe Gaddafi has air assets & tanks which I doubt the rebels have an answer for. I read somewhere that he kept all his heavy weapons in safe places with mostly small arms in the east. Unless his air force will stand down I doubt he will be defeated short of a foreign air force enforcing a no fly zone. Anti- Tank weapons can be found but it may take time to get them & train the people who need to use them. There may be a few guys in the military on the rebel side that know how I would bet its not enough yet to make a difference.
Same thing that happened to Ceaușescu is going to happen to Qadaffi.
"I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."
Something i didn't consider was i wonder if he has people standing by to destroy or completely disrupt the countries oil supply if a foreign power intervened...
I'm wonder what these mercenaries know or think about the situation, they have to know if Gaddafi is removed no one is going to pay them for their "services." So I'm thinking either they believe they will win, or at least that Gaddafi will be around long enough to pay them, or they think its worth the risk. OR they are being paid for their time, and not just X amount until the job is done. In that case I'm wondering how much money Gaddafi has, and if he runs out will the mercenaries abandon him then? OR the worst of the diehard supporters of Gaddafi are controlling thing like all access in and out of Tripoli, and therefore have essentially trapped the mercenaries there or at least upped the ante if they choose to leave because they'd have to fight their way out.