[Marxism] Qaddafi booster wakes up to reality

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Aug 22 09:12:17 MDT 2011

Reports of Saif and Mohammad Qaddafi’s capture supports the idea 
that the government here wildly exaggerated its solid support and 
that the public largely believed them.  Already among the few 
staff and some kids who come early the jump the hotel fence and 
use the swimming pool, and their trademark chants of “Allah, 
Mohammad, Muammar, Libya wa bass” have ended their chants and now 
support for ousting “the leader” is widespread. Most hotel staff 
at my hotel appear crestfallen.

The outpouring of support for Qaddafi’s departure by the same 
crowds who seemed to adore him at Green Square the past five 
months I have been monitoring them is surprising but perhaps 
reveal why all powerful despots are often more form than substance 
and can collapse quickly under certain conditions.

The questions being asked here this morning by student friends 
include what happened to the resistance to NATO and its supported 
rebels, where are the “65,000 professional soldiers waiting to 
repel “NATO’s rebels” from entering Tripoli, mentioned just last 
night by Government spokesman, Musa Ibrahim, was there ever a real 
Libyan army of thousands ready to defend Tripoli...

full: http://www.counterpunch.org/lamb08222011.html

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