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Over 60,000 people in Serbia have joined a Facebook group to publicly support Gaddafi\'s regime. Credit: Support for Muammar al Gaddafi from the people of Serbia, a Facebook group

A Facebook group titled “Support for Muammar al-Gaddafi from the people of Serbia”, with its 62,500 members, became a serious threat for the Libyan opposition not only due to the support for Gaddafi, but also because of cyberattacks on the opposition's web site.

The cyber war initiated by pro-Gaddafi Serbian citizens, recruited mainly from the Serbian ultranationalists, rang out in the international media and panicked the Libyan Youth Movement (@shabablibya), “a group of Libyan Youth both in and out of Libya inspired by our brothers and sisters in Egypt and Tunis.”

Mohammed al-Sabah, a Libyan Youth Movement representative, said this to the Serbian media:

Thousands of Internet users from Serbia are attacking and infringing on our sites daily with anti-NATO and anti-EU slogans, so much that [the sites become] completely useless. We do not claim that all of them are hackers, but it is clear that it is an organized campaign. If something is not done soon, things will get worse for us.

According to Milan Kovacevic, a web administrator and author of the book “Cryptography in Electronic Banking,” Serbian hackers are not independent in their actions, but are a part of international groups:

These are two of hacker groups: “C1337ORG” and “Black Hand.” A big part of the attackers are actually foreigners who hide behind Internet address of ordinary users from Serbia.

He adds that it is possible that among the Libyan rebels there exist insiders who are informing Serbian hackers where and how to attack.

Administrators of the most popular Serbian Facebook page deny any connections with ultranationalists, explaining the essence of support for Gaddafi:

Gaddafi was sending oil to us when we were under economic sanctions. Gaddafi did not recognize Kosovo's independence. After the bombing in 1999, he sent money for Serbia's recovery. Gaddafi was providing employment to our people while they had nothing to eat here. Gaddafi is fighting against the people who have destroyed our childhood. So we are with him! Colonel, win for all of us!”

Daniel Vidal wrote in a comment to this statement:

I heard that Gaddafi gives €2500 to each student who wants to study outside Libya. He also gives them a car…

Milan Veris added:

Gaddafi is a living legend. Twenty years ago, this man built the most modern plumbing in the world. He brought water to Libya directly from the Nile.

(Because of this desert irrigation project, Belgrade's private Megatrend University awarded Gaddafi an honorary doctorate in 2007. Some of Gaddafi's opponents in Serbia, however, consider that a marketing trick to attract Libyan students to this university in the Serbian capital.)

Gorica Pukmajster wrote:

I am one of those whose family was fed by Gaddafi's salary, which, back then, was ten times what I was making when I worked in Belgrade.

Below are some more Facebook comments.

Dusan Duda Stevanovic

An army of monkeys led by a lion worth more than an army of lions led by a monkey.

Pathos Ydoni:

To the east of Libya, in cities that are controlled by the rebels, mobs and gangs, according to several human rights organizations, are virtually committing a crime against humanity. […] Rape, murder and torture are normal for rebels…

Trese Babe Oraje got this information from friends in Libya:

The rebels intercepted four buses from Tripoli to Benghazi, with people who started the peaceful protests in support of the Libyan army and stopping the NATO aggression. They took them hostage, and they beat even the women.

The NATO action in Libya has caused some young Serbs, who still live with the memories of the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, to react with hatred.

Burek Pekaric:

These are the disturbed minds, and I really think to go to the French and Italian embassies and kick them with empty beer bottles on their heads. Monsters.

Ljubomir Popovski suggested this:

First, it should start from the dead. All French soldiers should be dug out from the New Cemetery and sent to France in cattle wagons. Second, all French monuments from Kalemegdan should be removed. Third, the French embassy in Belgrade should be closed and turned it into a museum of the NATO aggression.

Will exchange Tadic for Gaddafi. Credit:

The most rigorous critics are those Serbs who are disappointed with the decision of the Serbian president Boris Tadić to publicly distance himself from Gaddafi's government, “washing his own hands” of the long-term arms trade with Libya.

Vladimir Speed Savic urges:

Gaddafi, take from Tadic the Persian carpet you gave him last year for the Day of the Libyan revolution. And the honorary medal… Let Sarkozy weave him a new one at his own expense…

The administrator of the group posted a video of Radio Television Vojvodina from the time when the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affair paid a visit to Gaddafi, thanking him for not recognizing Kosovo. Foreign minister Vuk Jeremić and his group performed a deep bow for Gaddafi.

Some of the group's members warn that the Serbian police and the Serbian Inteliigence Agency ((BIA)) are monitoring online activities in the well-known dictatorial style.

Marko Nikolic posts this alarm:

Twenty of them from BIA are here in this group and they are posting messages to the wall.

Jebes Chuck Norris, Gaddafi ujedinio Srbe reveals:

We welcome the night shift of MUP [Ministry of the Interior] that monitors our group with fake profiles.

Bloggers on also offer public support to the “defiant” Libyan leader, as the Western media describe him.

Cho-Seung Hui says:

The president who would welcome us to free ourselves forever from joining the European Union, democracy, the rule of human rights, privatization, globalization, capitalism and other disasters that have befallen us after the October 5, [2000].

As_basket_player_5 concludes:

Until a few days ago, a totally irrelevant figure in our lives, and now a hero in Serbia. Nobody knows why.

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Amid the stories of destruction and the mounting death toll, Libyan netizens are waking up this morning to news of a liberated Zintan and the pushing back of Gaddafi's forces from Ajdabiya. Meanwhile, the world continues to watch as more evidence of horror and atrocities come out from Misrata, which was continuously pounded throughout the night by Gaddafi's forces.

Here's a round up of reactions from Twitter:

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As long as there’s no possibility of ground operations, Gaddafi will stand pat.
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A London-based group is now occupying a house it says is owned by Saif al-Islam Muammar al-Gaddafi, the 38-year-old second son of Muammar al Gaddafi.

In what could become a new method to repatriate stolen funds from long-serving and corrupt leaders and their families, members of Topple the Tyrants said they would occupy the eight-bedroom house in sympathy with the people of Libya and to insure the money used for its purchase is returned to the country's treasury.

In a press release, the group said:

Our aim is to make sure that the assets stolen by Gaddafi are returned to the Libyan people and don't disappear into the pockets of governments or corporations. In the meantime we want to welcome refugees from the conflict in Libya and those fleeing tyranny and oppression across the world.”

Topple the Tyrants said they are taking matter into their own hands because they don't “trust the British government to properly seize the Gaddafi regime's corrupt assets.”

Here is a photo of the house — with members of Topple the Tyrants on its roof — uploaded to Twit Pics by nusibab.

The house, reportedly worth £10 million (about $ 16 million), is situated in Hampstead in north central London, home to some of the most expensive properties in the United Kingdom. According to press reports, the house also contains an indoor swimming pool, a sauna, jacuzzi and a private movie theater.

Saif earned an MBA from IMADEC University in Vienna and famously received a PHd for his dissertation on global governance institutions from the London School of Economics in 2008 (Some claim much of the dissertation was plagarized.) Saif seems to hold a tremendous amount of unofficial power within the Libyan government, being the first member of the government to speak to the public after the regime began its violent crackdown on protesters. During that speech he blamed Facebook, foreign mercenaries, Islamists, drug addicts and a poorly trained army for the violent crackdown on protesters.

Saif bought the house in 2009 and recently tried to put it up for sale, taking it off the market when anti-Gaddafi protests spread through much of the country. A spokesman for Topple the Tyrants told Agence France Presse: “When we found out one of the world's most brutal dictators owned property in north London it seemed like an obvious thing to occupy it for the people of Libya.The group complained that members of the regimes of Gaddafi, Mubarek and the Saud family use “front companies” to protect their anonymity and dodge taxes.

On the Twit Pic page hosting the photo, there were plenty of positive comments:

From Prince_Philip:

Yay for A_B..! When's the house-warming? :-) )


can i come and live there?


brilliant direct action from Topple the Tyrants. Shame on those who have courted the Gaddafis…


If all freedom fighters did things like this western government would never house dictators #WellDone


In keeping with ancient tradition, it's entirely appropriate 2 make public privy of this house!

In a UK-based news site on the housing crash, a group of commenters had plenty to say:

Mark said:

if it is a civil matter to remove them, will they ever leave? lol

can't see gadaffi appearing in a court any time soon

icarus blamed the offshore system:

The offshore system was devised around secrecy and anonymity, and funds can be shifted so quickly that it's all but impossible to freeze and seize kleptocrats' loot.

drewster said there may be many more houses like that.

Local councils have lists of empty houses (since they're claiming council tax discounts or exemptions). All we need now is for someone to Wikileak those lists, and we'd have a squatters' paradise.

The Tweeps have also been documenting this issue:

@Percefal: ‘Topple The Tyrants': #Gaddafi's London home - “palatial, flatscreen TVs in almost every room. We've got them all tuned to #alJazeera now.”

@wickedfairysad: @Arabic_News well done Topple the Tyrants!

@Umm_Issa: Loving Topple the Tyrants occupying Saif al-Islam Qaddafi's £10m mansion. They said they don't trust UK govt to seize Qaddafi assets #Libya

@sunnkaa: A group called ‘Topple The Tyrants' have occupied the £10m London mansion of Saif Al Islam Al #Gaddafi, in solidarity with the #Libyans.

@salahhaddad: Topple The Tyrants say: “We've taken it so that it will be returned to its rightful owners who are the Libyan people.”

@bintlibya: Am loving the Topple the Tyrants group! They're squatting in #Zaif $ 10m pound mansion in #London. #Libya

@dana_hughes: Hmm…There r tyrant-owned mansions in Nice, Malibu: AJE ‘Topple The Tyrants' occupies London mansion of Gadhafi's son

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Stephen Walt - who has done so much to promote the myth of “the Israel Lobby” - wrote the following after visitingTripoli in 2010.

“First, although Libya is far from a democracy, it also doesn’t feel like other police states that I have visited. I caught no whiff of an omnipresent security service — which is not to say that they aren’t there — and there were fewer police or military personnel on the streets than one saw in Franco’s Spain.” []

Of course, Walt evidently stayed in a top-level hotel that caters to westerners, “toured Tripoli” for a few hours (with minders?) and met primarily with regime officials of the sort who monitor Washington politics. A few years before, Michael Totten described a very different set of impressions: []

Michael Moynihan visited Tripoli at around the same time as Walt, and his report has a lot more in common with Totten’s than with Walt’s. Moynihan also writes, quite openly, that the Libya trip that he took (with fellow journalists) was funded by the Qaddafi Foundation under the auspices of Saif al-Islam. He wrote:

“It’s not entirely clear why I am in Libya, although it would have been rude to refuse a trip funded by the generous and, according to their hired help, deeply misunderstood comrades of the Qaddafi Foundation. At the behest of Saif al-Qaddafi—Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi’s slick, London-educated son and dauphin—our group of journalists is being shuttled to the country in an effort to demonstrate a new Libyan openness and, it is implied, a future rather different from the past. Personally, I’m more interested in sneaking a glimpse at the world’s only Islamo-socialist personality cult.”

So let’s get back to Stephen Walt, who - unlike Moynihan - did not mention that the trip was funded, or how much he has been paid for his services by the Qaddafi regime:

“My own view (even before I visited) is that the improvement of U.S.-Libyan relations as one of the few (only?) success stories in recent U.S. Middle East diplomacy… . Libya has also been a valuable ally in the “war on terror”… One hopes that the United States and Libya continue to nurture and build a constructive relationship, and that economic and political reform continues there. (I wouldn’t mind seeing more dramatic political reform—of a different sort—here too). The United States could use a few more friends in that part of the world.”

Rapproachment with Qaddafi was a “success story”? Qaddafi as a “valuable ally in the war on terror?” “Reform” going on in Libya? Well, we’ve all seen how much “reform” was really going on, and what a stellar “success story” it was for the US to coddle Qaddafi. What about Libya as a valuable ally in the war on terror? Was Walt swinging “1 for 3″?

Michael Totten wrote, in 2008, that “U.S. military officials believe 19 percent of foreign terrorists in Iraq come from Libya.” [’s-son/]

The unproven assertion about the purported Seifaddin Regiment in northern Iraq, and its Qaddafi sponsor, appears to trace back to an Anbar Awakening security chief named Col. Naief:
“Col. Jubair Rashid Naief, who also is a police official in Anbar province, said those attacks were carried out by the Seifaddin Regiment, made up of about 150 foreign and Iraqi fighters who slipped into the country several months ago from Syria.
Naief said the regiment, which is working with al-Qaida in Iraq, was supported by Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, 36, the eldest son of the Libyan leader.”


To my knowledge, nobody has proven this particular accusation against Seif al-Islam Qaddafi, and the high percentage of “exported” Libyan terrorists in Iraq does not necessarily constitute direct evidence against Qaddafi’s regime, so maybe this does not instantly confirm that Qaddafi was busily sponsoring terror in Iraq in 2008. But to single Libya out - as Walt does - as “a valuable ally of the US” in the war on terror is laughable. So that’s “0 for 3.”

So what was Walt doing in Libya, and how much was he paid by Qaddafi-affiliated institutions?

Walt was in Libya at the invitation of the Libyan “Economic Development Board.” The EDB was launched by none other than Saif al-Islam, together with (apparently) Harvard professor Michael Porter. This is doubly interesting, because Porter is the founder of the Monitor Group and was responsible for introducing the Qaddafi regime to the Monitor Group.

The London Bureau Chief for Business Week wrote about the EDB and the Monitor Group in 2007, when Seif al-Islam and Michael Porter launched it:

“Saif al-Islam al-Qaddafi and Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter at a press conference on Feb. 22 after the launch of the Libyan Economic Development Board. Saif courted Porter, who is known for his work on competitiveness, for years before persuading him to take on the task of helping with economic reform in Libya. Porter brought in Monitor Group, which he co-founded, to help the Libyans with an analysis of the business environment. The Libyan Economic Development Board is intended to cut through Libya’s dysfunctional politics and make economic reform happen.” []

“Qaddafi’s son, Seif al Islam (Sword of Islam), is making a career of trying to reform what is by many measures one of the world’s most backward economies. Now, thanks to his relationship with Porter and Monitor Group, a consulting firm with which Porter is affiliated, a roadmap for restructuring is emerging.” []

Now, the Monitor Group is the organization that Qaddafi used to fabricate a positive impressions in the western media. Farah Stockman writes in the Boston Globe (March 2011):

“It reads like Libyan government propaganda, extolling the importance of Moammar Khadafy, his theories on democracy, and his “core ideas on individual freedom. 

But the 22-page proposal for a book on Khadafy was written by Monitor Group, a Cambridge-based consultant firm founded by Harvard professors. The management consulting firm received $ 250,000 a month from the Libyan government from 2006 to 2008 for a wide range of services, including writing the book proposal, bringing prominent academics to Libya to meet Khadafy “to enhance international appreciation of Libya’’ and trying to generate positive news coverage of the country.

As the crisis in Libya deepens, Monitor’s role in Libya has come under increasing scrutiny.” []

The LEDB was repeatedly used to engage western intellectuals in supposed “reform” projects, potentially generating positive press. According to the leaked Monitor Group document, “Project to Enhance the Profile of Libya and Muammar Qadhafi”, academicians and other visitors were used by the regime:

“Visitors had the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with Libyan individuals including the Leader, Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi, senior government officials, leading political scientists and academics, and prominent members of the business community.
Each visitor described how their visit challenged some of their pre-conceived notions about the country. Each individual articulated his or her desire to remain connected to Libya, to visit again, to meet the Leader again (or for the first time in some cases) in order to pursue their dialogue. All remained convinced that the role they were playing was to encourage Libya to continue on its path of increasing interaction with other nations, developing its economy to create greater prosperity for all Libyans, and finding a way for Libya to contribute productively to regional and global issues.
These visits also provided a unique and privileged account of conversations between Qadhafi and international thought-leaders. The conversations between Qadhafi and some of the most renowned and influential scholars and philosophers of recent history were deeply personal, congenial, and thought-provoking. The account of these conversations is extraordinarily valuable because it reflects aspects of the Leader that are little known to most outsiders, sheds valuable insight into governance in Libya, and informs a more profound and thoughtful understanding of Libya.
A number of the visitors delivered public lectures in Tripoli during their visits. These were all very well-attended with at least 200 people in the audience. There was active dialogue between the public and the speakers which often exceeded the time allotted for the lectures.Ultimately most visitors had the opportunity to meet a cross-section of Libyan people, an experience which each one of them acknowledged was meaningful.
Many of the visitors Monitor brought to Libya have individually briefed all levels of the United States government including specifically the President, Vice President, Heads of National Security and Intelligence as well as the Secretary of State.
To accompany this document we have assembled a binder containing the “Output and content of Phase 1”. Section 2 of this binder includes the materials associated with the visits to Libya of each individual…
Monitor undertook to work with the client to identify appropriate individuals. The client provided a list of preferred individuals which Monitor supplemented with additional visitors. In addition, over the course of the project Monitor developed an extensive list of high-caliber individuals who could visit Libya in the future. In the next phase of the project Monitor and the client should work closely to develop a strategy to further develop Libya’s international network. This requires jointly identifying relevant individuals of interest.” []).

The Monitor Group document explicitly links visits by foreign opinion-leaders with the campaign to polish Qaddafi’s image abroad.

Walt is not directly named in the Monitor document; however, the document shows that the Libyan regime used the LEDB to bring high-profile academicians (like Walt) and others to Tripoli and attempted to use them to gain positive press for the regime and to do some lobbying on behalf of the regime. Further, Britain’s Guardian newspaper quotes a Monitor Group letter to Qaddafi thug Abdallah al-Sanusi, discussing the effort:

“We will create a network map to identify significant figures engaged or interested in Libya today … We will identify and encourage journalists, academics and contemporary thinkers who will have interest in publishing papers and articles on Libya,” the letter claims.” []

Walt was brought to Libya as part of a well-organized and well-funded propaganda campaign, and given Walt’s position as a mainstreamer of conspiracy theories about Israel/Jews, it seems fairly obvious why Walt appealed to the Qaddafi regime.

The Arab Lobby at its best, eh? Walt, who has made a name for himself by creating sinister fictions about Israel supporters, allowed the lobbyists of a REAL dictatorship, led by a delusional and mass-murdering psychopath, to use him.

Lest one think that the LEDB was an organization given to largesse without expectation of some “quid pro quo”, a document leaked by wikileaks contains a detailed report on discussions with Mahmoud Jibril, the LEDB’s chairman. The document states:

“Jibril offered that the U.S. approaches relationships as economic and transactional, whereas Arab culture puts a premium on tribal ties in which gifts are given and expected, but not asked for or stipulated…  Jibril stressed that as an Arab, Sadat did not feel he needed to ask for anything because the U.S. should have perceived that he had offered something and reciprocated of its own accord.” []

(Not only does this shed light on the expectations that the LEDB and the Qaddafis brought to the table when they funded something; it also sheds light on the manner in which the Qaddafis approach business and politics in general. You can’t get anything done in Libya without bribing the Qaddafis and their cronies. I wonder why).

The Qaddafi regime has demonstrated again and again that they will do nothing without being paid or threatened. For example, when presented with requests to provide reparations for the assets abandoned by Libyan Jews, they tried to convince Libyan-Jewish Israelis to create a Libyan-funded political party. []

So has Walt acknowledged his (evidently) Qaddafi-funded trip? And did he provide value in exchange for whatever he was paid? Is he being dishonest?

To my knowledge, Walt has not acknowledged any of this in his recent writings, nor has he acknowledged, in the light of subsequent event, his laughable assertions about the Qaddafi regime at the time. Just as importantly, Walt has not clarified how much he was paid for his Libya trip or for any other lectures, paid papers or other tasks completed for this or other Arab regimes.

Rather, Walt seems to conspicuously ignore his past contacts with the Libyan regime and its lobbyists. And today, he is of course on the side of the angels; on Feb 22, with the Libyan revolt under way, he was happy to trash the Libyan regime. But only a few weeks before, when he had written that he doubted that the Tunisian revolt would spread, where was this anti-Qaddafi fervor?

Martin Kramer, in FaceBook comments, writes about a Jacob Heilbrunn story:

“This piece by Jacob Heilbrunn is dishonest. “The efforts of the Bush administration to reach out to Gaddafi made sense,” he writes, “but seeking to improve Gaddafi’s image is another matter.” And then he attacks Richard Perle. Well, Perle didn’t write any articles praising Qaddhafi. Benjamin Barber, Joe Nye, Robert Putnam, and Stephen Walt did. Those liberal endorsements were worth gold.” []

Kramer cites Michael Moynihan, who was brought to Tripoli at around the same time as Walt, but who - unlike most of the visitors, saw the visit for what it was - “A Libyan Charm Offensive”: []

H/t for the original information that Walt visited Qaddafi’s Libya and returned to the west to promote rapprochement with the dictator: Martin Peretz. []

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When watching moonbats flush the world down the toilet becomes too depressing, you can always turn to the United Nations for a little comic relief:

The UN Human Rights Council is set to adopt a major report hailing Libya’s human rights record — despite moving to suspend the Arab country’s council membership amid an international outcry over attacks on civilians.

The report shows countries applauding and commending Libya as they note “with appreciation the country’s commitment to upholding human rights on the ground.”

Here’s how the farce works:

“The Universal Periodic Review system was touted as the No. 1 innovation because everyone would be scrutinized equally,” said Anne Bayefsky, Eye on the UN chief, and senior fellow with New York-based Hudson Institute.

“But human rights abuser states caught on early that the rules enable them to line up countries that support them to speak on their behalf. The result is that human rights abuser states come away from the process looking like they were open-minded and had subjected themselves to scrutiny.”

Iran, Sudan and Cuba are among countries that heaped praise on Libya’s human rights record — despite themselves having poor human rights records, according to monitoring groups.

Canada also extolled the horrific Libyan regime, apparently out of sheer moonbattery.

Meanwhile, money stolen from your paycheck keeps the whole charade rolling along.

At least it must be some solace to the Libyans being bombed by their own government that their human rights have not been violated.

Gaddafi: Fashion pioneer and UN human rights hero.

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But they were unsuccessful. Now, one would think that if the uprisings were really entirely secular and democratic, as goes the media meme, these clerics would not be so quick to endorse them. “Gaddafi’s sons tried to get Saudi cleric help - TV,” from Reuters, February 28:

DUBAI, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Sons of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have failed to persuade prominent Saudi clerics to issue religious rulings against a revolt that is threatening to bring down the veteran leader, Al Arabiya television said on Monday.

The Saudi-owned channel said on its website that Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam had contacted one cleric, Salman al-Awda, and Saadi Gaddafi had reached out to a second, Ayedh al-Garni, but both rejected their calls.

“You are killing the Libyan people. Turn to God because you are wronging them. Protect Libyan blood, you are killing old people and children. Fear God,” Garni said he told Saadi.

Garni made the remarks on air on Sunday, the website said, adding Awda gave the same message to Saif al-Islam.

Awda has a weekly television show on Saudi-owned pan-Arab channel MBC1 and has been praised by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden before as a religious scholar he felt did not toe the government line. Garni gave lectures in Libya last year.

Gaddafi’s forces have been trying for days to push back a revolt that has won over large parts of the military and ended his control over eastern Libya. Gaddafi has accused followers of al Qaeda of staging the protests in the east, where Islamists have clashed with government forces in the past.

Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and the ruling al-Saud family see the clerical establishment, who have wide powers in society, as the leading authority in mainstream Sunni Islam….

Clerics close to the government have said it is not the place of religious scholars to back protests or otherwise. But others have said Gaddafi is an illegitimate ruler and denounced him as an apostate.

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Things are happening very, very quickly in Libya today, and the feeling is in the air that Gaddafi’s rule is about to end.

There have been more towns captured by the opposition, and counterattacks by Libyan troops failed to re-take Zawiyah and Misurata.

But the main action is taking place in Tripoli itself today - and it is falling to the opposition, neighborhood by neighborhood, even in the face of deadly attacks. The Souk al Juma and Tajoura areas of Tripoli haves been taken by the opposition. There is lots of shooting in the streets, and many are being killed. Some think the total death toll has passed 2000.

Some are reporting that all that is left is Bab Azizyah, a heavily fortified 6 square-kilometer compound where Gaddafi is presumably holed up. It is said to be able to withstand bombings from the air.

The feeling is that if Tripoli falls, then it is game over, although some fear Gaddafi making it to a neighboring African country and waging new battles from there.

The tweeters are way ahead of the media here.

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Tweeter iyad_elbaghdadi live-tweeted Gaddafi’s latest speech, given by phone from an undisclosed location, and his description contains details that are not being reported in Al Jazeera. Here is a summary:

Life in Libya is stopped completely because of what’s happening, there are armed gangs and lootings. Protesters are drunks and junkies.

[He's even describing what the "hallucinogenic drugs" are and that their effects are (did he use them himself?)]

Are there no men or some reasonable person to stop these kids and take them off the streets and back home? Al Qaeda is behind all of this, they have recruited our kids. Why are you all joining Bin Laden?

These kids in Darna and Al-Bayda should be taken to Gitmo. Men, get out of home and pick up your kids and put them back home. God says you should obey your leaders. You should not obey Bin Laden’s agents.

(Now he’s talking about differences between Muslim Brotherhood, Salafis, and Alqaeda.)

You protesters are following Israel and Bin Laden. (!) Let Bin Laden come and feed you when your oil is gone!

There are so many kings in the world who have ruled much longer; I haven’t been in power since 1977. [He claimed that he is only a symbolic leader, like Queen Elizabeth - EoZ]

Speech summary? Israel told Bin Laden to give drugs to your kids. Now ground your kids.

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The New York Times has an op-ed today called Libya’s Butcher:

Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya vowed on Tuesday that he would “fight on to the last drop of my blood” and die a “martyr.” We have no doubt that what he really meant is that he will butcher and martyr his own people in his desperation to hold on to power. He must be condemned and punished by the international community.

Colonel Qaddafi, who took power in a 1969 coup, has a long, ruthless and erratic history. Among his many crimes: He was responsible for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. In 2003, after years of international sanctions, he announced that he had given up terrorism and his pursuit of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

We applauded those changes, and we are not eager to see Libya once again isolated. But Colonel Qaddafi’s brutal suppression of antigovernment demonstrations has left no doubt that he is still an international criminal.

But the Times has consciously done everything they could to make the gaddafi family look like reasonable people over the years.

They published an op-ed by Gaddafi in 2009, pushing for the Jewish state to be subsumed in a larger Arab state.

They published Saif Gaddafi’s whitewash of Libya’s welcome to an arch terrorist. (Remember, Saif was the one who threatened all protesters on Libya TV on Sunday.)

And here is an unreal puff piece on Saif as well, from 2007:

The man — part scholar, part monk, part model, part policy wonk — was Saif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, the powerful 33-year-old son of Libya’s extroverted and impulsive president, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. He is, in short, the un-Qaddafi.

The younger Qaddafi is in the final stages of his Ph.D. program in governance at the London School of Economics, and his meticulous training showed itself in Cyrene, a rare appearance for him at a large public event. He reeled off statistics about the rate of desertification and calculations of the tens of thousands of jobs that could be created in fisheries, architecture and ecotourism in the region with his project.

Speaking with a small group of journalists after his presentation, he listened carefully to questions in Arabic and English, thinking before each answer. Although his handlers had announced that journalists should confine their questions to the ecotourism project, the queries inevitably got broader, having not been screened in advance.

“What about democracy in Libya?” someone asked.

Of course we are going toward more democracy,” Mr. Qaddafi said carefully. “But this project is not about democracy.”

It is easy for the NYT to be against the crazed regime once they start bombing their own citizens, or once the inevitable stories of their support for terrorism (including reports that Gaddafi himself ordered the Lockerbie bombing) surface.

But where were they in the years beforehand?

They were the Gaddafi’s main cheerleaders in the West.

Which makes this op-ed taste very bitter indeed.

(h/t and all research David G, plus Zach N)

Elder of Ziyon

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Here are some of my tweets during Gaddafi’s bizarre rant yesterday:

#Gaddafi’s internal microchip just rebooted. (During a long pause)

Gaddafi: “I built Benghazi block by block. And now they are destroying it.” Awwww.

Nothing says “strong national leader” than screaming like a homeless lunatic from a ruined house.

The transcript from #Gaddafi’s speech should be turned into performance art. Better than “Seven Jewish Children.”

The Partnership For a Drug-Free America really needs to record #gaddafi’s speech and make a PSA out of it.

Did the translator just commit suicide? (during one section where the translation stopped…after about 50 minutes, the translator was indeed replaced, probably because of a nervous breakdown) 

T-shirt: “I survived the first hour of Gaddafi’s speech”

And others had some good lines as well:

Inventing a drink. Pour every type of alcohol you own into a glass.. Add bleach. Voilà! Le Gaddafi. Best served in a tent or w/ umbrella.

bloody hell, where’s Kanye when you need him?

Gaddafi’s cell phone bills must be a nightmare.

Elder of Ziyon

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Here are some of my tweets during Gaddafi’s bizarre rant yesterday:

#Gaddafi’s internal microchip just rebooted. (During a long pause)

Gaddafi: “I built Benghazi block by block. And now they are destroying it.” Awwww.

Nothing says “strong national leader” than screaming like a homeless lunatic from a ruined house.

The transcript from #Gaddafi’s speech should be turned into performance art. Better than “Seven Jewish Children.”

The Partnership For a Drug-Free America really needs to record #gaddafi’s speech and make a PSA out of it.

Did the translator just commit suicide? (during one section where the translation stopped…after about 50 minutes, the translator was indeed replaced, probably because of a nervous breakdown) 

T-shirt: “I survived the first hour of Gaddafi’s speech”

And others had some good lines as well:

Inventing a drink. Pour every type of alcohol you own into a glass.. Add bleach. Voilà! Le Gaddafi. Best served in a tent or w/ umbrella.

bloody hell, where’s Kanye when you need him?

Gaddafi’s cell phone bills must be a nightmare.

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Diplomatic and military defections continue.
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Written by Amira Al Hussaini

Libyan dictator's son Saif Al Islam Al Gaddafi is addressing Libyans on State television, blaming everything other than his father for the massive protests and bloodshed the country has been witnessing in recent days.

He blamed Facebook, foreign mercenaries, Islamists, drug addicts and an army not trained in dealing with civilians for the carnage Libya has suffered. Tweeps are having a field day transcribing his speech and commenting on it:

Here's the feedback from Twitter:

Global Voices in English

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