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The Media and the Attack on Libya

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"We cannot know what is in the minds of the hundreds of thousands of Tripoli citizens who do not join these spontaneous demonstrations of devotion. The true sentiment of Tripoli, in the current atmosphere, is unknowable."

"One Tripoli resident - who did not want to be identified for his own safety - describes the latest scenes in the capital.

Life goes on, but under the surface there is tension.


Information is coming through at a snail's pace due to heavy surveillance of modern communications.

On the ground, people and families only exchange tales when they meet in person.

As for the claims made by the Libyan opposition abroad of a fighter jet suicide attack on Col Gaddafi's Bab al-Azizia compound that evening - it's unlikely, but who knows? The rumour around town is that some even saw smoke rising from the compound."
Greetings are always done with "Fake smiles."

All this topped by CNN's Elliot Spitzer comment: Stop the genocide!

Not a verified case of retribution after Gadhafi forces recaptured cities and no known case of internment in Tripoli. Where is the genocide?

Another "report."
"One resident said an attempt by government forces to take control of the city center had been fought off by rebels but that afterwards pro-Gadhafi forces started indiscriminate shelling of Misrata's port and the city center.

"They used tanks, rocket-propelled grenades, mortar rounds and other projectiles to hit the city today. It was a random and very intense bombardment," a rebel spokesman called Sami told Reuters by telephone. "We no longer recognize the place. The destruction cannot be described."

"The pro-Gadhafi soldiers who made it inside the city through Tripoli Street are pillaging the place, the shops, even homes, and destroying everything in the process.

"They are targeting everyone, including civilians' homes. I don't know what to say, may Allah help us," he said.


CNN international correspondent Frederik Pleitgen traveled to Misrata, and obtained an exclusive look at "a city of fear, uncertainty and human suffering." Plietgen mentioned hearing one shell fall near the port and his photos show limited damages, more like Watts after a riot. One photo showed rebels firing an anti-tank missile at a tank, which must have done some structural damage.


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