“The international community has failed us.” — Ahmed Omar, a rebel army commander
The reward for a failed rebellion will all too soon be levied upon the Libyan heroes of 2011 even as the world watches. Prepare yourselves.
Excerpted from “Qaddafi Forces Near Benghazi as Rebel Says World ‘Failed Us’” By Ola Galal, Bloomberg, Mar 15, 2011 4:58 PM PT
Muammar Qaddafi set his sights on Benghazi as his forces moved into the gateway city of Ajdabiya, 100 miles from the rebel capital, and prospects faded for a NATO-led no-fly zone to hinder their advance.
The embattled Libyan dictator, appearing with small group of supporters on state-run television, vowed to fight rebel “rats” and said “we are going to destroy them.” In Benghazi, hundreds of his opponents, watching the broadcast projected on the side of a building, jeered and threw shoes in disrespect, according to a live video feed shown by al-Jazeera.
The Libyan army is “coming to secure Benghazi,” state-run television said. Pro-Qaddafi forces attacked on two sides of Ajdabiya using airstrikes and artillery, forcing out-gunned rebels and civilians to flee ahead of troops in tanks and personnel carriers, the Associated Press reported. There were conflicting reports on who controlled the city after nightfall. …