Monday, February 21, 2011

Massacare In Libya turns the tide against Gaddafi

Muammar al-Gaddafi, pictured in 2009Image by via Flickr
 "Tribal leaders  are urging the people now to kill Gaddafi"
Baghouti el Najami

The tide has turned on  Gaddafi, and he has resorted to bringing in mercenaries from Tunisia, but they have been arrested by forces loyal to the people.

Protesters were even reported heading   to Gaddafi's compound in the city of Al-Zawia near Tripoli and the Al-Zuwayya tribe in eastern Libya has threatened to cut off oil exports unless authorities stop what their tribal lleader called  "the oppression of protesters", the Warfala tribe, one of Libya's biggest, has reportedly joined the anti-Gaddafi protests.

 Akram Al-Warfalli, a leading figure in the Al Warfalla tribe from southern Tripoli, one of Libya's biggest, told the network: "We tell the brother (Gaddafi), well he's no longer a brother, we tell him to leave the country."

There is anti-Gaddafi graffiti on the walls of building in alomst every major city   Libya, and Gaddafi is not to be seen or heard.

In Benghazi witness said that a section of the troops had joined the protesters on Sunday as chaos swept the streets of the city, worst hit by the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year old rule.

Libyan clerics have urged the security forces to stop killing the people.

An urgent appeal from religious leaders, intellectuals, and tribal  elders from Tripoli, Bani Walid, Zintan, Jadu, Msalata, Misrata, Zawiah, and other towns and villages of the western area, the appeal, signed by the group of leaders,  says, "We appeal to every Muslim, within the regime or assisting it in any way, to recognize that the killing of innocent human beings is forbidden by our Creator and by His beloved prophet of compassion, peace be upon him. Do not kill your brothers and sisters. Stop the massacre now!"

Libya is the stronghold everyone wants to follow, its strongman Gaddafi has remained supreme all these years, he looked impossible to overthrow, but times can change everything and Gaddafi's time has come.

From London, my friend Trabooulsi says, " It is not Tunis, or Cairo, they are like the prophets of old telling us of this coming, Gaddafi is gone and with him the rest, once Gaddafi falls Iran will follow, and the whole of the middle east, and we may see more turmoil in the aftermath before real peace is gained."

Traboolsi estimates at least 800 killed and maybe more, he says it is a conservative estimate. 

Against this backdrop, Malaysia has to be very careful, its people are being driven to the brink,  right now we have the Sodomy II, we have the Port Klang Assemblyman's case where the Judiciary has interfered with the executive, we have Teoh beng Hock, we have Interlok, we have had a PAS rally where Najib was given a warning on what could happen.

The police and the army can't hold against the will of a people, so take a lesson, the government must cool down the situation, we can't afford this type of crisis in Malaysia, but we can't be pushed int creating one either. the government needs to act responsibly.
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