Rebels sweep into Tripoli as Gaddafi forces crumble
Published: 22.08.11, 10:36
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1. One more tyrant gone; another 1/2 dz to go
Janot   (08.22.11)
They should hang Qaddafi by the balls in a public square with a caption reading " ASSAD NEXT "
2. Gadafi
Menachem ,   Haifa, Israel   (08.22.11)
hehe lol
3. No reason
John ,   Herzliya, Israel   (08.22.11)
No reason to celebrate at all. Gaddafi was lunatic but comparing to what is coming, he was reasonable. Chaos is coming to Libya.
4. Long Live Freedom
Abdel Karim Salim ,   Jerusalem   (08.22.11)
I congratulate the triumphant Libyan people. I did not wait until the downfall of tyranny to extend my support to the Libyans ; I stood by them from the very first days of their peaceful protests !
5. But where's Qaddafi?
Terry ,   Eilat - Israel   (08.22.11)
And exactly which rebels are in control? There were rumours Qaddafi was shot dead near some hotel, then it was said he had transfered money to an Algerian bank, this unconfirmed. It's odd there was so little resistence. Where are the troops loyal to Qaddafi? A lot of unanswered questions. Everyone seems so happy to see the madman fall from power but no one has the slightest idea of who the rebels are.
6. I hate to rain on the parade but ....
Terry ,   Eilat - Israel   (08.22.11)
Optimism about events in the Arab world shows a lack of reastic thinking. No matter how pessimistic you are, Arabs always exceed your expectations.
7. Another friend of Israel falls...Sigh...
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (08.22.11)
8. Who cares?
Luba ,   Hedera   (08.22.11)
9. Congratulations
Israel Israeli ,   Tel Aviv   (08.22.11)
Congratulations to the SAS for their daring capture of Gadaffi's son Saif. Congratulations to the US snipers for wiping out the Libya army command. And Libyan people: forget your free education, housing and health care. Welcome to "social justice" Obama style, a short miserable poverty-stricken life.
10. Pretext to Yom Kippur war
Jonathan ,   australia   (08.22.11)
Isnt this going to be another war, with the power vacuum with non-state actors taking power in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Western Front has been occupied, now the east. Just have to wait and see What happens to Syria?
11. To 7 Sarah B
Gary   (08.22.11)
A friend of Israel Sarah? Are you aware of how much terror he supported against Israel over the decades?
12. Gadaffi
Raptor   (08.22.11)
on the end of a rope and Assad to follow. No show trial, just get it done.
13. Goodbye idiot !
Chris Rettenmoser ,   Bayerisch Gmain Germ   (08.22.11)
14. I dont believe this -
Arn. ,   Sweden.   (08.22.11)
- whom will lead Libya in War against bouth Egypt and EU/Merchants of Tarsis - Daniel 11 - 43But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and ofsilver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. Ezekiel 38 - 5Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Comment - I think Ghadaffi has outsmarted all his enemies. Arn.Sweden.
stude ham   (08.22.11)
and a very heavy price yet to be paid by the libyans.. but don't expect the nato backed 'rebels' to establish any kind of stable regine in libya. libya is doomed to an iraq-afghan fate.
16. boxer rebellion, gunboat diplomacy, hard power projection
sweeter than honey ,   far away   (08.22.11)
that bandwagon. the people in the streets of libya know which way to bend in the prevailing winds. lots of practice with gaddaffi. as and when the winds change, they will dance to that tune. meanwhile we will not get to see the communications concerning the release of megrahbi (lockerbie bombing). the price of air power (and some blue water navy) force projection.
17. #11 - Gary on Sarah
Maurice ,   Montreal   (08.22.11)
Can't you see she is being sarcastic? You really think she doesn't know who Gaddafi is, and what he has done? You are funny...
18. "Zenga-zenga!"
Scott ,   USA   (08.22.11)
The magnificent Israeli parody of the dictator that became the anthem of the revolution. Watch it on Youtube.
19. the second barbary war (forgot to mention)
sweeter than honey ,   far away   (08.22.11)
more gunboat diplomacy. the u.s. navy versus so called barbary pirates out of tripoli (though algiers mainly), then ottoman empire regencies (1815). note also what the british did in the eastern gulf, the so called pirate coast, which after some british force projection became the united arab emirates, dubai etc., etc. (1890). plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose!
Mark from Georgia ,   USA   (08.22.11)
I must say I never thought it would happen. This is the first time in modern history, that we've seen a successful revolution. I was wrong, I never believed the rebels would win, and even though NATO was flying thousands of sorties. I just figured that Gaddafi would continue to kill his own people. Then he would eventually win. So this is a victory for the people of the world and proves they can throw off the shackles of dictatorship. Whether this new government turns out to be nothing more than a bunch of Islamist who want Sharia Law, remains to be seen. Then the people will have traded one form of dictatorship for a religious dictatorship. So time will tell. But we are witnessing history, so that part is cool. I'm sure Iran, Syria, who knows, even Chavez of Venezuela who supported Gaddafi the entire time may be worried.
Mark from Georgia ,   USA   (08.22.11)
It's much to early to get excited, we really don't know much about who the new leaders will be. Although I have heard (on FOX News) that some portion of these leaders are Islamist. Whether that turns out to be accurate remains to be seen. So we will see if the Libyan people traded a murderous tyrant, for Sharia Law, which frankly isn't much better. Again I want to say, that I was wrong in my assessment that Gaddafi would never be deposed. I always admit when I'm in error. Having grown up watching Arab leaders kill their own people with total impunity. I just never believed this would be any different. But NATO did fly 20,000 sorties, and 7,000 of those missions were "strike missions" Clearly the rebels would never have been successful without the crucial air cover NATO Provided. In any war ground troops MUST be supported by air cover. So again the West, what all Arabs consider Evil, the Great Satan, made this victory possible and saved literally 10's of thousands of Muslim/Arab lives. So I guess the West isn't all that bad after all. To all those who whine about Islamophobia from the West, this is Proof Positive, that's a lie.
22. A sad day for Libya
Chris.B ,   Australia   (08.22.11)
Congratulations should go to the westurn powers who have stole LIbya's oil and killed innocent people for greed.The rebells have no idea what they are doing and will be the enemy of the future for the west. Enjoy the blowback.
23. Dire Prediction
leo ,   nyc   (08.22.11)
The West supported this revolution to secure its oil supply(and as to the USA, who knows?)---Well now it will deal with a Taliban- like government which may even be worse than Gaddafi--the continuation of the Arab Spring doesn;t bring roses...
24. Replace one tyranny with Islamic extremists....not smart!
Jayjay ,   Israel   (08.22.11)
25. My Crystall ball tells me
BEN JABO ,   ISRAEL   (08.22.11)
That the various Libyan factions will wage a huge fight to see becomes uppermost and gets the largest share of the oil revenue Blood will again flow, as it always does in an Arab country when there is a regime change Think of Iraq & Afghanistan, you'll get the idea
26. The horse has been stolen
BEN JABO ,   ISRAEL   (08.22.11)
The American Government has finally come to the realization that they don't who or what the rebels are
27. The post at No. 7 is not mine.
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (08.22.11)
It isn't even a good fake. Try harder, next time.
28. To: Gary at No. 11
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (08.22.11)
Did you seriously think for two seconds of your life that I crafted the post at No. 7? Not the sharpest knife in the drawer, are you?
29. To: Maurice at No. 17
Sarah B ,   U.S.A. / Israel   (08.22.11)
Thank you for taking my back, but the post at No. 7 was not mine. I know full well the extent of Qaddafi's crimes against humanity, and I also know that he has declared Libya to be in a perpetual state of war against Israel. I will not mourn his ouster and, hopefully, swift passing.
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