Gaddafi Shoots the Libyan People to Stop Protests
Matt | On 22, Feb 2011
The protests in the Middle East only seem to get stronger since the major changes in Tunisia and Egypt in recent weeks.
Libya, Egypt’s western neighbor, has not been immune to this uprising either. What is different is the Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, and his response to the unrest. They don’t like his policies and decided to protest, so he SHOT them. Yep, Gaddafi is murdering his own people to clamp down on dissenting voices.
Well, damn … Gaddafi is not playing with their asses about staying in place. He’s letting them and the world know that Libya is NOT about to be another Egypt.
That’s not exactly the approach that either myself or much of the civilized world would take. But, Gaddafi is defiant. His power may be weakening at the hands of ongoing protests where in some areas of the country protesters are completely running things.
You already know there’s a clamp-down on the Internet, phones, and other forms of communication in Libya. Foreign journalists are also not allowed visas to get in country, per a long-standing policy. That makes reporting on the situation more difficult, unlike in Egypt where there were reporters on the ground.
The shit is really hitting the fan over there. Here are a few quick examples:
- Two fighter jets were supposed to bomb Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi, but the pilots defected to Malta. They didn’t want to carry out the mission.
- The Libyan ambassador to India, Ali El-Assawi, has resigned from his post in protest of Libya’s handling of the situation. Seven diplomats in total have walked away from their posts.
- Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has asked any Libyan soldier to kill Gaddafi. He has also asked that all Muslims rise up against the leader.
- Countries are ordering their ambassadors, consulates, and other personnel out of the country immediately.
- Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, basically said his family is not leaving until the last bullet is fired. His speech set off the latest round of protests, air strikes, and on-the-ground ambushes against the people.
That’s a lot of stuff going on inside the country! The world, unfortunately, will never have a full grasp of everything happening there. A few emails, messages, and stories from refugees have leaked, but nothing steady.
Let’s pray for the innocent citizens of Libya most of all. Gaddafi has lost his goddamn mind…