Closing in on the Fox of Tripoli

For five months, NATO has been trying to boot Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Gaddafi to the curb and force him to relinquish power.  This, he has refused to do, and the bastard has held on for five long months, clinging to power and putting up far more effective of a resistance than analysts had expected him to do so.  In a perverse sort of way, I’m frankly impressed.  His ends are abhorrent and his means are morally repellant, but I, and most other people, never thought he’d be able to hang on to power, or the vestiges of it, for as long as he has.  It’s been Gaddafi versus the world, and with those odds, to be able to fight back for five months is surprising.

But, the noose is drawing ever tighter around Gaddafi’s neck.  Rebel units have entered Tripoli, Gaddafi’s last stronghold, and begun taking control of the capital.  It’s only a matter of time until all forces loyal to the Colonel have melted away into the desert and a new government, hopefully, under more competent auspices, is established and globally recognized.  But I have to say, I’m interested as to what the endgame has in store for Gaddafi.  Is he going to be ferreted through Libya and eventually discovered in a tunnel like Saddam Hussein?  Will he be discovered in the villa of perhaps a wealthy supporter in plain view like Osama bin Laden?  Or will he end out his days like Slobodan Milosevic in a Dutch jail cell, awaiting trial?  I, for one, hope for the last scenario, and that he’s eventually brought to justice for his crimes.  Such a crafty man deserves such a simple and humiliating end.  But, as with all things, we shall see.  Stay tuned.

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