Graphic: Gaddafi forces prepare for Tripoli battle
Army units, militiamen and foreign mercenaries loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi are fortifying key positions in Tripoli, with tanks guarding major roads in an attempt to stem a revolt that is moving closer to the Libyan leader’s bastion in the capital.
Crisis in Libya: ‘We will stand and fight’
Gaddafi clings to power as battles rage across Libya
Just when we thought things were getting better. This could be bad if someone doesn’t step in.
President Obama on Wednesday condemned Moammar Kadafi’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Libya, saying he had ordered his administration to prepare “a full range of options” to handle the crisis as the death toll rose into the hundreds. Although Obama described the violence in Libya as “outrageous” and “unacceptable,” he did not specify any potential actions against Kadafi and did not call on him to resign. A senior administration official said the White Housedoes not want to give Kadafi a chance to cast himself as a patriot resisting American pressure
President Obama on Wednesday condemned Moammar Kadafi’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Libya, saying he had ordered his administration to prepare “a full range of options” to handle the crisis as the death toll rose into the hundreds.
Although Obama described the violence in Libya as “outrageous” and “unacceptable,” he did not specify any potential actions against Kadafi and did not call on him to resign. A senior administration official said the White Housedoes not want to give Kadafi a chance to cast himself as a patriot resisting American pressure
Source: Los Angeles Times
Photograph: Asmaa Waguih/Reuters
‘At the heart of the city where he launched his rise to power, Muammar Gaddafi’s indignity is now complete. In little more than three days of rampage, the rebels in Libya’s second city have done their best to wind the clock back 42 years – to life before the dictator they loathe.’
The people of Libya seem to be winning the battle for liberation of their country. They have endured things the likes of that we may never see here in America. I sincerely hope we never do. They have done all of this, survived all this, in order to gain the freedom we feel everyday in America. Their fight is far from over, and other countries are still in the battle. Just yesterday a group of protestors in Bahrain was killed.
We take for granted the freedom we have. Imagine what life would be like if you were willing to fight with crude weapons, or even unarmed, against a government that had gunner helicopters and .5bmg bullets. This entire time period should serve as a reminder of the freedom we enjoy. Our country may not be perfect; we have plenty of flaws of our own, but we have it so much better off than these poor people. Do not take for granted your country any longer.
We need to continue to stay aware, urge the UN and our government to assist, when possible, send aid. These countries need doctors, reporters need to go in; they need money for rebuilding. There is a list that is being composed right now of organizations you can donate to to assist Libya. Once that list is complete, I’ll be posting it as well, and I would hope that if you have money to spare you would give a little to those who need it most.
The real fight starts now. Gaddafi is starting to lose his grip, as Mubarak has in Egypt, but these countries will be left with anarchy. With no government in place, the people need to restructure. This takes money, technology, and support. The Muslim Brotherhood, a fundamentalist group in the region is attempting to take a stranglehold over the yet to blossom democracy in Egypt, and they are already calling for the turnover of the government in Libya.
It is important that we do not move from one dictatorship to another, as well as helping lead the region in a way that does not put power in the hands of enemies of America. Please, stay aware, do what you can, and tell those around you about what is going on.
Epic. Stay strong Libya. The people should not fear their government, the government should fear its people. Tunisia, Egypt, now Libya … the domino affect in action. It is my hope that these actions will inspire others who are oppressed or ill-treated by their government both abroad and in the States. It is also my hope (however unrealistic) that these governments will back down and allow the will of the people without violent retaliation.
The U.S. is finally getting involved, but it’s not what you’d think from the headlines! At first I thought they were actually deciding to help Libyan people get away from the danger they are facing. The U.S. will be sending ferrys to get American citizens out of Libya. At least there is more recognition of the danger from America, but this is not what we are asking for.
Read the article here!
Residents stand on a tank inside a security forces compound in Benghazi, Libya on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011. Libyan protesters celebrated in the streets of Benghazi on Monday, claiming control of the country’s second largest city after bloody fighting, and anti-government unrest spread to the capital with clashes in Tripoli’s main square for the first time. AP
Mostly I post this picture because there aren’t enough of that of women climbing tanks.
The UN Security Council has released a statement addressing what has come to be known as genocide in Libya. The council asks the Libyan authorities to help protect their people. They have condemned the actions of Qaddafi and his regime after a day of debate over the ongoing crisis. Though this is a step, the UN has not done enough.
Acknowledgment is the first step, but just saying that we disapprove is not going to stop the pain and suffering the people of Libya are experiencing right now. We need to urge our President and the UN to provide stricter sanctions, harbor defectors from the Libyan army, and ultimately, destroy Qaddafi.
Muammar Gaddafi is not the president, he is the leader of the revolution. He has nothing to lose. Revolution means sacrifice until the very end of your life … We challenge America with its mighty power, we challenge even the superpower … Muammar Gaddafi is not a normal person that you can poison.. or lead a revolution against … I will fight until the last drop of blood with the people behind me
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