Libya Dispatch: Qaddafi Loyalists Won't Be Surrendering Anytime Soon
September 07, 2011
Outside the city of Tarhuna, amidst sprawling power lines and rumbling dump trucks, about fifty Libyan rebels are sitting on straw mats nibbling on tuna and smoking cheap cigarettes in a half-completed house. They are biding their time as their commanders negotiate with forces loyal to former leader Muammar al-Qaddafi in the city of Bani Walid some forty miles away. But there is little indication that the loyalists are going to surrender anytime soon. With the collapse of the Qaddafi regime, the loyalist cause may seem hopeless.
Tripoli—“I love them,” says Fawziyya Tarablusi about Libya’s National Transitional Council. But when asked to name her favorite member of the country’s new leadership, Tarablusi, an English teacher, drew a blank. She could identify only two of its members and knew nothing substantive about the people she effusively praised just moments earlier. Tarablusi is not alone.
Why Are Qaddafi’s Backers Refusing To Surrender? An Exclusive Look at the Career of a Top Lieutenant
August 31, 2011
Tripoli—Just outside the Libyan capital of Tripoli among the palm trees and sand dunes of the town of Tajura, rebels are still actively searching for the chief aides of former dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi. Along the way, they are discovering more about why Libya's remaining pro-Qaddafi networks have proven so resilient. A few days ago, they stormed the house of Colonel Shu’ayb al-Firjani, a key Qaddafi lieutenant.
April 08, 2011
As Muammar Qaddafi wages war on his own people, whatever international support he once enjoyed has almost entirely dried up. The first to go were his powerful friends in Great Britain; former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who helped rehabilitate the Libyan dictator after he surrendered his nuclear weapons program in 2003, privately urged him to step down.
Move Over, Muammar
March 22, 2011
How Reagan should deal with Qaddafi.
May 20, 1993
An interview with Qaddafi.
The Response to Terror
May 05, 1986
In the Middle East, as in much of the world, if a ruler can ward off the assassin’s hand, he need not govern effectively or justly to remain in power. But the career of Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi demonstrates that the key to power in a place like Libya is not just brute force. It is the ability to mesmerize the mob. The mob is fickle, easily roused and easily disenchanted. With minimum expectations of what life might otherwise offer in a rationally organized economy and free polity, it feeds on slogans and fantasies.