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Bag’s Take-Away:Ben Ali, Muammar and Hosni last October — just ahead of “the Spring.” Should have checked their horoscopes.
(photo: DPA caption: By 2010, Gadhafi was one of the longest-serving despots on the African continent. Here, he is seen with Tunisian ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak in October 2010. Both of them were toppled in mass protests earlier this year.)
What was that about more professional fighting force? 3 1/2 months in, pics of Libyan rebels still offer romantic mix of ragtag and Wild West.
(photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP caption: Rebel fighters cross the front line between Libyan rebel forces and Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, 25 km west from Misrata, Libya, Thursday, May 26, 2011. Spain says it and other European governments have received a message from Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi proposing an immediate cease-fire in his country’s war.
I’ve maybe not been looking closely, but this is first time I’ve seen Libyan rebels wearing standard-issue uniforms.
Thank you, NATO?
Who you callin’ “rag tag?”
(photo: Altaf Qadri/AP caption: In this photo taken Saturday, April 9, 2011, Libyan rebel fighters prepare to fire rockets in the desert half way between Ajdabiya and Brega, in Libya. Libyan rebels said NATO airstrikes on Sunday helped them drive Moammar Gadhafi’s forces out of the hard-fought eastern city of Ajdabiya that is the gateway to the opposition’s stronghold.