Sunday, August 28, 2011

Last Throes

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has offered to enter talks with the Libyan rebels over the formation of a transitional government as loyalist fighters are pushed further to the outskirts of Tripoli and rebel forces prepare for an assault on the ousted dictator's hometown of Sirte.

UK Guardian

Umm, I think they've already started.

So, anyway…

The Fashionista is ready to talk, eh? He might be a little late to the party.

The offer of negotiations were slapped down quickly by a senior NTC official, who said the rebels would not talk to Gaddafi unless he surrendered.

Yeah. And then what would they talk about?

The British foreign secretary, William Hague, said on Sunday there had never been any possibility of the Libyan dictator being part of a transition. He described Gaddafi's apparent offer of talks as "delusional".

After all, he’s the former leader of Libya. The NTC are the government according to NATO. And have everything under control.

Rebel officials in Tripoli are struggling to maintain electricity and water supplies. The NTC announced on Saturday that a new Tripoli local council would be operating from the previous municipal building and launching a website with updates on basic services.


In the city, neighbourhoods have been without running water for several days and the electricity station is no longer coping with demand.


Dozens of decomposing bodies still lie in and around the main hospital in the Abu Salim district, abandoned by medical staff during the fighting,


On Sunday, a ferry chartered by the International Organisation for Migration is due to take aboard 1,200 stranded foreigners and leave Tripoli harbour.


The shortages underscore the urgency of restoring essential services in a city that enjoyed guaranteed running water and power under Gaddafi.

Don’t you just hate that? When things were better under your old dictator? Ask Iraq.

And politicians speak the same language the world over:

Pressed on whether the city was now under full rebel control, [Usama el-Abed, deputy chairman of the Tripoli NTC] replied: "The Gaddafi regime forces have definitely come to their end, but there will always be remnants, there will always be residues, there will always be people who, for the sake of vendettas and vengeance and stealing the joy of celebration, will come up with some action that may not be expected."

Those regime soldiers and supporters always want to steal the joy of your celebration. They can be so vengeful.

Reminds me of Dick Cheney's claim in late spring of 2005 that al Qaeda in Iraq was in its "last throes." We have everything under control. These are just spoilsports. There will always be a few spoilsports.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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