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.