Gadhafi’s Control Crumbling

Libya was in chaos as the country’s military turned its guns on the people, rendering whole cities as battle zones. Anyone venturing outside Monday night was being shot on sight.

As the Moammar Gadhafi regime, apparently led by Mr. Gadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam, tries desperately to hold onto power, the reaction of the people and defections of regime officials reveal the astonishing degree of contempt Libyans have for the man who called himself their “Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution.”

But as Col. Gadhafi’s control slips away, it also becomes apparent that there is no one group or individual in a position to take charge.

In quick succession Monday, Justice Minister Mustafa Abduljelil resigned over the use of military force against the people, two senior pilots flew their fighter jets to Malta rather than follow orders to fire on the people. Ambassadors to India, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Poland and the Arab League resigned to protest the violence used against the demonstrators. The ambassador to the United States announced last evening he too is “with the protesters.”

“I can’t stand with a government that is killing its own people,” Ali Aujali told the BBC.

Libya’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabbashi, accused his own leader of genocide.
Globe and Mai