The Gadhafi regime remains defiant. Their latest response is “we are an African country”, and we “do not listen to the G8”. However, the G8 communique was important because, for the first time Russia showed that it was losing patience with Gadhafi, and that it no longer saw Gadhafi as the legitimate leader of the country. However, it is the alternate National Transitional Council that continues to gain legitimacy in this situation. The leadership in Benghazi is not associated with Al Qaeda. Amongst the group are ex-members of the Gadhafi regime. In fact the spokesman for the NTC is an ex-official of the regime. Another of the officials had been living in the USA and had returned to Benghazi to assist with finance matters.
That being said, we now need to focus on any new attempts to engage in talks with Gadhafi via the African Union. South Africa’s Zuma is due to arrive in Tripoli for talks, and it is believed that an exit strategy will be discussed. Medvedev has also promised to send someone to Benghazi and to Tripoli for talks. The Benghazi National Transitional Council have advised that there can be no negotiations until Gadhafi leaves. (It is best to ignore anything that comes from Østupid because his opinions on the subject are virtually irrelevant. Daffy is not going to take notice of that extremely weak leader who also needs to go).
On the war front itself, nothing much has changed, except that I am learning more about some of the British military equipment that is being used. Their spy plane is really very impressive, and it is from this aircraft that much of the action is directed. Whilst there is relief in Misrata, the actual shelling of the town has not stopped. Neither has it stopped for Zintan and for other towns that have been under seige. On top of that the Daffy goons have continued to harass the population in Zawiyah and Tripoli, with an increase of arrests and beatings, and disappearances.
The situation in Libyan was certainly more extreme than in Syria and Yemen, as well as Tunisia and Egypt. However, the killing of the civilian populations in each of these countries should be roundly condemned. The Syrian situation continues to be serious, with the Iranians taking a much larger role in the crackdown and the murder of the civilians. Yemen is heading towards civil war, and Al Qaeda has successfully taken over one town. (I will address that situation elsewhere).