On top of its military response, the Gaddafi regime is trying to paint the revolt as a foreign plot to destabilize the country - a tool used by many other Arab regimes. After a long history of colonization by Western powers and by Israel in the Palestinian territories, Arab people are deeply mistrustful of foreign interference.
These allegations can not be discounted by any means. I have posted and written on the “controlled demolition” process being used by the Israelis and the CIA to foment these uprisings in the Middle East. It is what they call a “soft war” approach. Rather than go in as they did in Iraq, they help bring about the revolutions counting on being able to control the long term outcome of the uprisings and bring about their long term goals.
However, that does not mean the people do not have more than adequate reason for standing up and throwing these dictators out! Not at all! That does not mean these dictators are not harsh leaders and guilty of many crimes against the populace. So the Qadaffi machine is using this fact to defer the blame and their own guilt onto the Zionists as if that is all it takes. Sorry folks, but that is not enough, they are all a nasty bunch of psychopaths who deserve each other. Unfortunately, the people get stuck with them until they take matters into their own hands and keep them there as we have seen in Egypt.
This date for the Day of Rage was not randomly chosen. February 17 is a significant date of sorrow for the Libyan People.
In 1987 Gaddafi publicly executed young Libyan Oppositionists by hanging them, then played and replayed their executions on National Television to intimidate the opposition, leaving the bodies of the young students to rot on the gallows for days.
In 2006 it was the date that 18 protestors were murdered and 700 arrested during peaceful Protests around the Country organised in remembrance of the executed students. Gaddafi’s Regime smashed the protests with an iron fist.
Which brings us to February 17, 2011.
DICTATOR ON THE WAY OUT:
GADDAFI HAS NOT FLED
STILL IN TRIPOLI,
DUE ON TELEVISION THIS EVENING
Protesters appear to have taken control of second city Benghazi
Up to 400 feared dead after dozens killed in overnight clashes
Justice Minister resigns over 'excessive use of violence'
Mystery as two Libyan fighter jets land in Malta
David Cameron declares regime response is 'appalling and unacceptable'
Gaddafi's son says: 'We will fight to the last minute, until the last bullet'
UN warns that British Government could be guilty of 'complicity' in killings
'We will eradicate them [enemies] all'.
Three witnesses say protesters moved into Tripoli's central Green Square and nearby squares last night. Plain-clothes security forces and militiamen attacked in clashes that lasted until dawn.
'Libya is the most likely candidate for civil war because the government has lost control over part of its own territory,' said Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Centre in Qatar.
'People here in Benghazi are laughing at what he is saying. It is the same old story (on promised reform) and nobody believes what he says,' a lawyer in Libya's second city told the BBC after watching Saif al-Islam's speech.
'Youths with weapons are in charge of the city. There are no security forces anywhere,' University of Benghazi professor Hanaa Elgallal told Al Jazeera International television.
Salahuddin Abdullah, a self-described protest organiser, said: 'In Benghazi there is celebration and euphoria ... The city is no longer under military control. It is completely under demonstrators' control.'
Firepower: Libyan hold aloft guns and rocket grenades believed to have been taken from foreign mercenaries in Benghazi yesterday
‘Our message, as it has been throughout this ~ I think we have been extremely consistent in saying that the response to the aspirations people are showing on the streets of these countries must be one of reform not repression,' he said.
‘We can see what is happening in Libya which completely appalling and unacceptable as the regime is using the most vicious forms of repression against people who want to see that country ~ which is one of the most closed and one of the most autocratic ~ make progress.
‘The response they have shown has been quite appalling.’
Call for change: Placards in Arabic read at top left 'Strike, strike until the fall of the regime', and at top right 'The people want to topple the regime'
But critics point out that the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher, shot dead in London by a Libyan diplomat in 1984, has still gone unpunished.
'The Libyan government's refusal to recognise the extent of their people's concerns and disregard for their safety undermines their credibility. The Libyan government must take responsibility for the safety of its people.'
'We're extremely worried and shocked and we strongly condemn what's happening, this unprecedented violence, which could descend into an extremely violent and lengthy civil war,' Mr Baroin said in an interview on Europe 1 radio.
'The repression has begun and everything must be done at diplomatic level to coordinate the American and European positions to prevent something drastic happening.'
‘I would suggest that to deal with [Gaddafi] to give him greater stature, greater ability on the world front to look like he is a good citizen is a mistake.’
‘This is what you get for appeasement,’ she said. ‘The dreadful bloodshed we are seeing on the streets of Libya is in part due to the disgusting behaviour of the British government.’
‘Now we have all the evidence we need ~ Gaddafi has not changed one iota,’ she said. ‘He is still a vicious, brutal dictator who will murder anybody who stands in his way.’