Halas, Finished, Game Over

Libyan rebel tank

A caller to CNN described her joy at the ending of Gaddafi’s nearly 42-year rule in Libya, translating a common Arabic word into English: “Halas, finished, game over.”

That was yesterday. Today we have reports that Bab al-Aziziya, Gaddafi’s last stronghold in Tripoli has fallen to the rebels, and the Libyan revolution has succeeded.

The BBC’s Rana Jawad in Tripoli says there is a real sense that this is the end of Col Gaddafi’s rule, but the proper celebrations will not begin until he and his family are found.

There are still pockets of resistance in Tripoli near to the Hotel Rixos, where many foreign journalists are staying.

And the situation is unclear in the colonel’s hometown of Sirte, which has been a stronghold of regime loyalists.

Reports said retreating government troops had been pouring back to Sirte, and rumours circulated suggesting that the colonel may have fled there.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions. What role did NATO and the U.S. military and CIA play in Gaddafi’s downfall? What has happened to Libya’s stockpile of 20,000 hand-held surface-to-air missiles? What comes next– can the Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) form a legitimate government and handle internal security, or will foreign peacekeepers be called in?

UPDATE: Juan Cole: Top ten myths about the Libya war

UPDATE: Libya’s deadliest weapons may be unguarded, and unaccounted for.

UPDATE: HuffPo offers a collection of video reports. One rebel/looter managed to snag Gaddafi’s hat– maybe he can sell it on eBay.

UPDATE: John McCain Debunks Right-Wing’s ‘Sharia In Libya’ Claim

UPDATE: Journalists Freed From Rixos Hotel In Tripoli

UPDATE: Qaddafi Hearts Condi? Condoleeza Rice Photo Album Found In Libyan Leader’s Compound

  1. #1 by cav on August 24, 2011 - 5:38 pm

    For all the braying by the Senate’s top three hawks about how the U.S. wasn’t doing enough to oust Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Qaddafi from power, one might be surprised to learn that exactly two years ago, Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) were in Tripoli meeting with the erratic leader and giving him assurances that relations between the nations were on the mend.
    According to a leaked August 2009 U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks recounting the Senators’ junket, the neoconservative Connecticut Senator captured the dynamic of aligning with a brutal dictator:
    Lieberman called Libya an important ally in the war on terrorism, noting that common enemies sometimes make better friends.


  2. #2 by Richard Warnick on August 25, 2011 - 9:42 am

    UPDATE: Qaddafi Hearts Condi? Condoleeza Rice Photo Album Found In Libyan Leader’s Compound

    Gaddafi once famously referred to the former Secretary of State as “my darling black African woman.”

    Best TPM comment so far: “No one could have predicted this.”

  3. #3 by cav on August 25, 2011 - 6:22 pm

    Condi’s a hottie all right, and thankfully there’s vast space for snark bewteen the Qaddafi written lines.

    But, what are the revelations regarding monitary, oil, torture, etc that are so easily masked by our former ‘Sex’ of State’s musky allure? Maybe Wikileaks will have something in the coming days.

  4. #5 by cav on August 26, 2011 - 8:29 am

    Actually there is more to it than oil. One of the first things the ‘rag tag’ rebels did was take control of Libya’s State owned bank. Libya has their own currency. If you want to do business in Libya, you have to convert to their currency. I don’t think the international bankers liked that too much.

    Therefore, the citizens of Libya may be rejoicing now, but wait until foreign corporations take over their economy, like they did in Iraq. They will get democracy, but who wants to have democracy when they look how well it is doing in our country and others similarly gifted?

    Democracy is for the wealthy and powerful to gain more wealth and power through our present twisted and evil, greed driven capitalism.

    Serve the corporations, worship capitalism and bow to Mammon. Welcome to American satellite status, baby. Serfing U-S-A!

  5. #6 by Richard Warnick on August 26, 2011 - 8:37 am

    Don’t forget, AFRICOM has been searching for a friendly country in Africa so they can move their headquarters out of Stuttgart.

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