Sunday, August 21, 2011

As Sunday turns to Monday in Libya... (3x UPDATED)

3rd UPDATE: 8:38 p.m. EDT: There is one final piece to what is taking place in Libya -- video of Qaddafi, whether it be in handcuffs or his remains. And either is possible.

Consider that we know two of his sons have been captured by the National Transitional Council but we don't know if Qaddafi is in Tripoli, or in Libya for that matter. His defiance could ensure that he is hiding (images of Saddam Hussein in a hole comes to mind), but his cowardice could ensure that he has fled. Or, perhaps he's already put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger.

2nd UPDATE: 8:15 p.m. EDT: Al Jazeera reporter Jacky Rowland is reporting from Benghazi, the stronghold for the National Transitional Council, and she says that the people there are not happy with the news that Qaddafi's son could be on his way to The Hague and an appearance before the International Criminal Court. She adds that "revenge" appears to be the dominant attitude at the moment.

1st UPDATE: 8:04 p.m. EDT: Earlier assertions by the National Transitional Council had captured one of Qaddafi's sons have been confirmed. The Los Angeles Times sent this news alert at 7:38 p.m. EDT:
An International Criminal Court prosecutor confirmed reports that Libyan rebels have detained Seif Islam Kadafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi.
The Associated Press explains why the ICC will become involved in determining the younger Qaddafi's fate.
Seif Gadhafi was indicted with his father and Libya's intelligence chief earlier this year for allegedly ordering, planning and participating in illegal attacks on civilians in the early days of the violent crackdown on anti-regime protesters.

Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told The Associated Press that Seif Gadhafi had been detained by "rebel special forces." He declined to give more details of the arrest or the source of the information.

"Tomorrow morning we will talk to them," Moreno-Ocampo said of the rebels. "It is time for justice, not revenge."

ORIGINAL POST: ...the end for Col. Moammar Qaddafi appears imminent.

Based on multiple media reports, we know that over the past few hours two of Qaddafi's sons have been captured by the National Transitional Council (heretofore described on this blog as "the rebels"), his daughter's house has been broken into, the forces seeking to overthrow Qaddafi have moved into Tripoli with no resistance and the opposition is jubilant.

Al Jazeera's live coverage offers powerful echoes of what took place earlier this year in Tunisia and especially Egypt, where the government rallied the military to support the leader and the military has refused. In Egypt, the military took to the streets but refused to fire upon the people. In Libya, the elite presidential guard surrendered without defending the man it swore to do so.

Western governments are urging Qaddafi to step down, to prevent further bloodshed and destruction of the country.

For his part, Qaddafi delivered at least two radio addresses on Sunday, though there is little indication that the military or the people have responded to him.

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