Colonel Qaddafi and his supporters proclaim that they will prevail in reunifying Libya and probably before Ramadan which begins, this year, in early August.
They argue that the "rebels" are increasingly fighting among themselves and are losing popular support. It's an argument similar to the one the "rebels" are using to explain how their victory is all but assured, also by the end of Ramadan.
Tuesday morning, during a long discussion with an official at the Libya People's Congress HQ in Tripoli, the General-Secretary told me that more than two million of the 3.5 million Libyans over 18 years have been armed and are training to fight NATO when/if they arrive on the ground.
Virtually everyone who is asked gives assurances that Qaddafi will not flee but will, if necessary, die defending his country. More than once officials confidently stated that Qaddafi will be here after US President Obama is rejected by the American people in the 2012 election.
Support for this idea is found in the seemingly widespread support Qaddafi appears to enjoy and also certain "benefits" resulting from a certain Libyan pride in five million citizens still full of resistance after 100 days of facing 27 countries.
NATO's bombs have united the people; forced the sometimes too comfortable population to face the future; even one without Gaddafi; demonstrated the media strikes with false stories are stronger than the military assault in some respects, shown that the "Arab system" i.e. Arab League is worthless; shown that it's the poor people of Libya who believe in the Revolution and are remaining loyal to it. The rebels have exposed the Muslim Brotherhood as a US partner and also has shown the true nature of the Jihadists, Al Qaeda and NATO itself, that the African Union has a key function to perform, that Libya is not divisible because of its social and economic interdependency. Libya must reform and reject the IMF system and learn from its mistakes in trusting the US and certain countries in 2002 when it gave up certain weapons systems and placed billions of dollars in American banks.
Due to the crisis women have stepped forward and are surprising many by "taking charge" of many governmental functions and encouraging the population to defend their country. Libyans are saying that they have to rejuvenate their revolution and rely on themselves. Nearly everyone is claiming that Libya was deceived in the 2004 negotiations and agreement with the US and Western countries. They admit that they have paid a big price in terms of lives lost and infrastructure damage.
Libya also intends to continue their gold based currency project and to improve relations with African countries. Libya's squeezing the former French colonial power out of most of Africa is one motive of that country to seek regime change.
The Libyan government has plenty of documents supposedly captured from the rebels. Amazing if true, since they allegedly document French government arms shipments thru the port of Miserata etc to the rebels.
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