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Monday, 22 August 2011

End of Gaddafi?

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We've been somewhere near here once already, of course. Remember those rumours that he'd already done a runner to Venezuela where he was doing the mad authoritarian dictator equivalent of kipping on Hugo Chavez's sofa? Still, it's hard to argue that he's not in a bit of trouble what with rebels being able to take at least parts of Tripoli without much of a fight. Makes me think that even after twenty-five years this old Robin Williams routine is still appropriate.

The only thing that bothers me is that as with the other 'Arab Spring' uprisings the important question is what happens next. The old Tunisian and Egyptian regimes fell just over six months ago, and while neither has become the theocracy that some feared might fill a power vacuum it doesn't seem like it's become what ordinary people, fed up with oppression, were likely hoping for. At least not yet. They're probably an improvement but I think we're still at a wait-and-see stage, and equally I don't think Gadaffi going, either into exile or into the next world, will be any great loss but let's see who or what replaces him before we join in the cheering.
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