Despite over 40 years of fierce and heavy-handed brutality, Gadhafi’s regime is tipping. The Arab Spring that many experts predicted would fail in Libya, seems to have blossomed despite Gadhafi’s iron fist.
I find it somehow encouraging that a spontaneous people’s revolution can succeed where the mighty military and strategic power of the United States has failed in the past. Granted, this explosion of rebellion in the middle east is a result of swiftly changing alignments and partnerships around the world. The decision of NATO allies to protect Libyan civilians may have turned the tide in this conflict, along with other world-wide political machinations of which I am woefully ill-informed.
But despite the horrendous pain and bloodshed, once again we are seeing a revolution of the people succeeding against a powerful and determined dictator. The reality of revolt is as wrenching and bloody as birth, but also as hopeful and inspiring as new life. At a time when mankind seems hell bent on destroying the very planet that has nurtured his development, it is heartening to see small progress toward humanity in parts of the world that have long suffered at the hands of powerful and heartless leaders.
May the many deaths and gallons of blood shed be not in vain.
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