War and death have become too commonplace for everyone. This time, there has been no count-down to midnight, no waiting, nerves on edge, with fireworks in the skies of Tripoli. The dictator has just hunkered down, waiting for the storm to pass. We have to remember he's already had a taste of the terror of Tomahawks and cruise missiles. In 1986 he was pummeled by his bête noire, Ronald Reagan. That day, he pulled off an escape. The Algerian, Chadli Benjedid, tipped off by the Russians, whispered the attack date into Gaddafi's ear. With an untroubled heart, he sacrificed his adopted daughter to pose as a "victim of American imperialism." Today, times are changing, his people are changing, and I'm sure he's more scared of his population than than he is of the coalition.
But the people know now that freedom isn't free. They have to sacrifice, give up their treats. Each nation does get the government it deserves. I respect the young Yemenis who overcame their addiction to qat, the psychoactive plant they chew regularly. At first their demonstrations didn't last more than a couple hours. After that everybody evaporated into thin air, off to get their treats. I never thought it could amount to much. Now they're staying there permanently, and their dictator's days are numbered.
... The Western powers have chosen on their own accord to attack the Arab world's leading pariah, the weak link in the chain of Yemeni, Syrian, Jordanian, Bahraini revolutions, leaving the Turbans of the Arabian peninsula free to check their rebellions behind closed doors. Western leaders are endulging in playing political power games on the backs of Arabs to improve their own political capital. But looking at this from another side, let's be rational, the fall of Gaddafi is vital for our country, and is a matter of international consensus. Arabs still stand outside of the circle of history and decision-making. The one thing left to us is hope for an expedited victory by the Libyan rebels, averting an intervention by the American marines who are waiting off the Libyan shore, ready to invade our neighbors.
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