Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi ruled Libya for 42 years
Turn, turn, my wheel! All things must change
To something new, to something strange;
Nothing that is can pause or stay;
The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
The rain to mist and cloud again,
To-morrow be to-day.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(excerpt from the poem Keramos, from the collection Birds of Passage)
Former revolutionary leader Gaddafi corrupted by absolute power
References to Queen of England, Osama Bin Laden as tragicomedy plays on
Today's phone call to the Libyan State TV network was a cry for help from a cornered man. Like Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Gaddafi represents a revolutionary who once had the love and respect of his people, only to be corrupted by the overwhelming cult of personality associated with communist and fascist leaders. Bring on democracy, Libya, and welcome to the world!
February 24, 2011
"People with any brains wouldn't take part in these protests."
"There are people who have been in power longer than me, like Queen Elizabeth of Britain. And nothing's happened to her,"
"No one above the age of 20 would actually take part in these events; they are taking advantage of the young age of these people [to commit violent acts] because they are not legally liable!"
"It is obvious now that this issue is run by al-Qaeda,"
"How can you justify such misbehaviour from people who live in good neighbourhoods?"
"People were getting all their daily needs ... why did you have to get involved with the Bin Laden ideology?"
"All they want is to kill your kids, that's what Bin Laden wants, he should be happy now, that's what he wants."
It's probably past time for a no-fly zone however people in Tripoli are calling for it so we have to pay attention to what the Libyan people are saying. The mercenaries must be turned back.