Protests rage in Libya, Iran (video)

The scenes from Libya, where protesters have wrested control of the country’s second-largest city and now are moving in on the capital city Tripoli, are every bit as stunning as those in Egypt and Tunisia were. I think this line, from the son of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, is a bad sign if you’re a supporter of the regime:

We will fight until the last man, the last woman, the last bullet.

Normally, a government claiming a monopoly on force wouldn’t be talking about “the last bullet.”

ABC News has some astonishing footage of the protests in Libya as well as Iran, where protesters have been dragging police officers out of their cars and mobbing them in groups:

The results of these protests, in terms of what kind of governments will follow them (democratic, or more of the same), remains to be seen. But the domino effect of Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution is unmistakable.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Question Authority

February 21st, 2011
10:50 am

It is amusing to watch the puppet regimes of the american empire collapse. The Soviet Union faced the same thing as they could no longer prop up their global empire of totalitarian states. In the end, the empire collapsed due to runaway speding, debt, and foreign over-reach. Sound familiar? Sadly, many, many folks have predicted this for america but those who feed off the empire and its foreign policy and deficit spending have been in denial (and in charge). Clearly the spirit of freedom is alive in these folks and hopefully they will not be satisfied to accept just another totalitarian leader or group. May all accross the globe be inspired by their yearning for liberty – for it is the only thing that will save us ALL.

ByteMe

February 21st, 2011
11:18 am

Libya is a “puppet regime of the american empire”? In what alternative universe do you reside?

Kyle: as with all revolutions, the outcome is going to be based on the will of those who have the power of force to use that force unmercilessly on their own people. Don’t count Iran’s rulers out… they are more than willing to kill their own in the name of power. When military units switch to backing the people, there’s your tell about the outcome. Until then, it’s just wishful thinking.

Eric Post

February 21st, 2011
11:36 am

Libya is hardly a puppet regime and Egypt and Tunisia aren’t even close to comparing the Soviet Bloc satellite states.QA you need to learn some history. Egypt and Tunisia are totally free to make whatever decisions they want and the worst that would happen was America would withhold some aid. The satellite states of Eastern Europe were under total force. Only Romania managed any kind of independent standpoint and it was usually more hardline than the Soviets. If you think Egypt, Libya and Tunisia were puppets states you have never picked up a history book and have never even read the Wikipedia. While I agree everyone has a right to opinion, your comments in this case are not fact, you do not have a right to spread your incorrect version of what you call a fact

carlosgvv

February 21st, 2011
11:56 am

History is filled with instances of people overthrowing a bad government only to wind up with an even worse one. I’m thinking after all this is over, we will not be pleased with all the results.

Question Authority

February 21st, 2011
12:23 pm

While they may not be the same sort of puppets, let’s remember that Moammar Gadhafi was once referred to by our government as “Hitler” and now he is received with welcomming arms. All of these folks receive monetary payoffs, lucrative arms deals, food deals, torture training courtesy of our wonderful “School of the Americas” right here in GA, and the unspoken guarantee of protection from our government. Most importantly they never have to face opposition from our government in the form of UN issues, sanctions, and the other political tools we casually use to inflict suffering on other countries we are displeased with. Libya is not as good an example as was Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, and other countries that allow our infestation in the form of military bases, etc. but the tacit support of the regime is of a similar nature and one the citizens are adequately familiar with (versus the complete ignorance of the relationships here in the US – thanks mostly to the state-controlled media).

And by the way, to say that “the worst that would happen is that America would withold some aid” blatently ignores the “shock and awe” in Iraq that has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands. Not complying with Washington can be far more dangerous than just a little lost aid money. One way or the other, the end of our empire hopefully holds the prospect of the restoration of our republic. That would certainly be a nice change.

Linda

February 21st, 2011
1:15 pm

In 1972, Libya bought & paid for another 8 C-130 cargo planes from Lockheed & the fed. govt. blocked their delivery. They are still parked at Lockheed, rusting away in the GA sun. They can be seen driving outside the gates.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/09/no-early-release-for-libyan-aircraft/

Road Scholar

February 21st, 2011
1:16 pm

carlosgvv: Lighten up! Let’s see what transpires. If you can’t be optomistic now, when can you be?

Logical Dude

February 21st, 2011
1:31 pm

I, for one, welcome our new Facebook overlords.

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Tom Jerry

February 21st, 2011
5:20 pm

for all folks who keep referring to history books (Eric Post), keep in mind that the history books we read here in the US are all biased…and YES, Egypt along with other countries like Iran were puppet regimes and maybe YOU should read between the lines or talk to people from those countries instead…keep in mind “history is written by the winners”
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I am just a bit curious how all of the sudden all these sequence of events started simultaneously in accord with eachother….a little bit odd, especially after the Wikileak “leakage”

Intown

February 24th, 2011
11:15 am

I agree. It really is stunning (Tunisia and Egypt) … gut-wrenching (Libya and Bahrain) … and amazing (the whole revolution).