Libyans have been protesting against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime for eight days and Gaddafi is still in Tripoli. Why is he staying? Because he has got nowhere else to go according to a specialist of Northern African politics, Geoff Porter.
After more than forty one years in power, the “Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution” will fight until the bitter end. He could not care less for his diplomats resigning one after each other in the United Nations, India or Sweden. He could not care less for his two jet fighter pilots defecting to Malta. Finally and most importantly, the Libyan dictator does not care about the 250 victims of the riots as reported by Al-Jazeera.
It does not matter because, according to him, the media reporting the news belong to “stray dogs”. In a TV statement released last night, Gaddafi tried to show his determination. Apparently, he was still in Tripoli but he did not give one of his usual long and defiant speeches. This time, in a very short statement, Gaddafi made clear that he would stay.
With the help of mercenaries from sub-Saharan Africa, Gaddafi will carry on killing. His downfall might not be as fast as Ben Ali’s or Moubarak’s, but will there be a civil war as predicted by some commentators?
If you want to follow the Libyan revolution: five direct sources (source: Streetpress.com)