Liberation

This video from CNN’s Ben Wedeman is a beautiful sight that many folks have waiting a long time for. Embedding is disallowed, but it shows a massive crowd in Benghazi, Libya celebrating their victory over Gaddafi’s hired mercenaries and other loyalists this past week. Wedeman compares the welcome he received to an American soldier arriving in Paris in WWII. It gives you an idea of how much it matters to countries like Libya when oppressive rulers aren’t able to operate in the dark.

Unfortunately, the capital Tripoli is still being fought over, with paid mercenaries terrorizing the city. But with much of the country already lost and many of his loyalists and allies turning on him, it’s just a matter of time before we see similar celebrations in Tripoli.

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  1. 2

    What do you expect spews:

    @1 Er…”President George W. Bush signed an executive order providing Libya with immunity from terror-related lawsuits.”. Only Republicans can turn something great like a democracy uprising into some attack on our President. By the way, we’re at WAR (Afghanistan) so you’re attacking the United States Commander in Chief at a time of war, according to Ann Coulter you’re a traitor! ROTFLMAO

    Seriously though, the United States always supports dictators. We did under Reagan (supported Saddham in Iraq when he was fighting Iran). We support whoever supports us, regardless of whether it’s a democracy or bloody dictator. Go figure.

    So does this mean George W. Bush was a Muslim since he held hands and publicly kissed the un-elected royal rulers of Saudi Arabia? What happens if there is unrest THERE? We’ve been kissing Saudi Arabia’s ass for decades? We want their oil MORE than we want a democracy there. When money meets principles, what will we do?

  2. 3

    rhp6033 spews:

    Gaddafi first blamed the U.S. for formenting the revolt, now he’s blaming Al Quida, saying that they are putting LSD in coffee they are giving to students which is causing them to have “hallucinations”.

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Eastern Lybia is where the oil is, and that is now in rebel hands. So is Tobruk. Gaddafi really only has control of Tripoli now, and he’s using mercenaries and some loyalists in the air force to keep control of that capital. I wonder how long they are going to stay loyal to him when he starts running out of money to pay them?

  3. 4

    spews:

    @1
    I think there’s some delicious irony that Gaddafi’s reign of terror will end while someone he considers a friend is in the White House. It will be a testament to how little he understood the world around him.

  4. 5

    Zotz sez: Teahadists are Koch suckers! spews:

    @4: You’re way too fucking polite, so here’s a friendly amendment:

    It will be a testament to how little he understood the world around him, as does your comment, which reveals you to be a complete and totally oblivious douche.

  5. 8

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Meanwhile, one of Bush’s Saudi friends has been arrested for plotting to blow up his house, presumably with him in it.

  6. 9

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @7 We’re not interested in a kinder or gentler discussion with you America-hating goatfuckers.

  7. 10

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    IMHO Ghaddafi deserves Mussolini’s fate. And he may get it. Strafing your own people with jet fighters and helicopter gunships usually isn’t the best way to ensure safe passage from your palace to the airport.

  8. 15

    rhp6033 spews:

    RR @ 10:

    “…Strafing your own people with jet fighters and helicopter gunships usually isn’t the best way to ensure safe passage from your palace to the airport.”

    In Gaddafi’s case, it may be the only way to clear a path to the airport.

    I guess now we will find out if those female bodyguards are just for show….

  9. 17

    Glenno spews:

    12-14,

    Its easy to make a profit if you file for bankruptcy and don’t have to pay your bills…

  10. 18

    Deathfrogg spews:

    @ 17

    Yep, the Auto companies and other manufacturers have proven that many times over the years.

  11. 20

    Right Stuff spews:

    This video from CNN’s Ben Wedeman is a beautiful sight that many folks have waiting a long time for. Embedding is disallowed, but it shows a massive crowd in Benghazi, Libya celebrating their victory over Gaddafi’s hired mercenaries and other
    loyalists this past week

    Political mudslinging aside for a moment, and on topic, isn’t it great that Libya is freeing itself?

    The one thing that I haven’t been seeing in the coverage of the protests in Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, etc etc is anti-American, flag burning, hate the west sentiment…Quite the contrary, in fact we are seeing very nationalistic, proud flag waving protests of people who desire to control their own destiny..
    Way cool.

    Now, back to your regularly scheduled insulting…In progress

  12. 21

    spews:

    @20
    Political mudslinging aside for a moment, and on topic, isn’t it great that Libya is freeing itself?

    It is, and earlier today I was imagining how amazing it would be to see that happening in Pyongyang. That would be spectacular beyond words.

  13. 23

    spews:

    22. John425 spews:

    True colors: Obama is the bottom to Gaddafi’s top.

    02/25/2011 at 8:01 am

    Jesus, man…take Rossi’s dick out of your mouth. That’s disgusting.

  14. 24

    rhp6033 spews:

    Lee @ 21: N. Korea overthrowing the idiot in charge over there would indeed be wonderful news.

    But I don’t think the examples in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya will have much of an effect over there. Except for a privildged few regime loyalists, every TV and radio in N. Korea is constructed with only one channel, which is run by the government. Cell phones are rare, except for a handful smuggled in through China. The government keeps a close watch on the people, and anyone who converts their radio so it can pick up broadcasts from elsewhere takes a grave risk. I just can’t see the rebels having the ability to organize using the internet and cell phones, as they did in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.

    On the other hand, there have been some very enlightened videos smuggled out of N. Korea over the past year, showing widespread dissatisfaction with the regime. One old woman was recorded berrating a young policeman, telling him he should be embarrased for following orders and he should just go home. Another one showed a young woman, an orphan, who was trying to survive by eating leaves and grass, and digging for edible roots.

  15. 25

    spews:

    @24
    In the debate about how much of a role the internet plays in these uprisings, the most compelling evidence that it plays a very big role is because we know that nothing is changing in North Korea – where the people can’t see outside of their small world and know that the rest of the world doesn’t suffer as they do. That’s been what caused the young people of North Africa to rise up. The knew that the oppression, the lack of progress, and the general backwardsness was not normal by the standards of the rest of the world. It was the internet that made that perfectly clear.