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LIBYA: Tuesday we witnessed a very surreal speech from Gaddafi. Blaming the U.S. and drug-addled kids for the unrest in his country. Ramblng on about how he doesn't blame the kids because they're just vulnerable to influence, and then turning around and saying that he would punish them with execution. He also said he can't leave the country. He can't step down because he has no position to step down from, yet he's "higher than other leaders" in the world. So, he's powerless, but he's high king of the planet. And, no, I'm not exaggerating. More details here. The main take-aways from the mostly incoherent speech was that he's want to die in Libya and he will make war on his own people to do so.
The people respond:
hibatullah Feb 22, 11:03pm via web
RT @khaledmohi: Dictator Muammar #Gaddafi stated that he "will fight until the very end." #Libyans have bravely responded, "And so will we." #Libya #Feb17
they have left fear behind. I heard an interview on Anderson Cooper with a Libyan who went on about how wonderful it felt to be free. He knew that scary times are upon them and that by continuing to speak out he was risking his life, but he was euphoric from the first experience of being freed from terror in 42 years. I found myself thinking, "this freedom is so profound that even if he dies tomorrow, he thinks it's worth it. What have I been willing to die for? When have I even had to consider it?"
althawra Feb 21, 5:53pm via web
gaddafi fucking majnun, man.
(I know majnun as a character from a Muslim story, Layla and Majnun, Majnun goes crazy from being separated from the love of his life, Layla. Libyans know that Gaddafi is crazy.
More regional tidbits after the fold....
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