Libyan Rebels Take Most of Tripoli

by Ryan on August 22, 2011

in International Relations,Politics,Social Unrest,Tyranny,War on Terror

It usually follows that when security forces ordered to shoot the rebels generally decide not to, your regime is about to collapse.  That’s basically the story from Tripoli, as the once down-and-out rebels entered the Libyan capital in their month’s long attempt to oust long-time dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

As of this morning, the rebels hold 95% of the city, have captured two of Qaddafi’s sons, and are quickly suppressing the remaining pockets of resistance.  Many are happy, including our NATO allies and the Obama administration, whose half-hearted efforts ultimately contributed to what looks like inevitable regime change in Libya.

Qaddafi on the verge of collapse is a good development, but then again do we really know who these rebels are yet?  Will the long-simmering tribal conflict, which is bound to heat up, lead to mass murder and reprisals?  Will the fractious “Transitional National Council” ally itself with the Muslim Brotherhood, the West, something else, or itself disintegrate into warring factions?

While I’m sure storming the castle is fun and rewarding after a long fight, running a government requires a slightly different approach than shooting cops and soldiers loyal to the regime.  Like Egypt, victory in Libya may not end up being as joyous or predictable an affair we all are hope for.

UPDATE:  There’s a report out there today that one of the rebel factions has a draft constitution ready to go based on Sharia law!  Awesome.  But don’t worry, there are a lot of Western-sounding phrases in it to keep us off their back.

UPDATE 2:  So, at least one of Qaddafi’s sons isn’t being held by the rebels.  Despite rebel accounts, he’s actually rallying the pro-regime forces against them!

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