Tuesday 17 January 2017

'Mad dog' Gaddafi may step down to save family

After five months of attacks, the person most likely to bring the war on Libya to an end is its leader himself, argues CHRISTIAN LOWE

Published 05/07/2011 | 05:00

Behind his image as a crazed tyrant, Libya's Muammar Gaddafi is fiercely intelligent, loves his family and just might do what everyone is least expecting: Let go of power.

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The battle over Libya, now in its fifth month, is a contest of Western military technology, money, oil, diplomacy, rag-tag rebels and a stubborn system of government that has refused to be swept away by the wave of "Arab Spring" uprisings.

Ultimately though, it is a battle whose outcome could boil down to the decisions made by one man: Muammar Gaddafi.

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