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William Maclean: Gaddafi now gambling on long war to stay in power

William Maclean

Published 21/03/2011 | 05:00

Portraying his assailants as colonial bullies, Muammar Gaddafi is gambling that a long war will allow him to play the role of victim and erode Western resolve, enabling him to negotiate some form of continued rule.

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For now, that looks like a very long shot, analysts say.

World powers who began a UN-backed military campaign are acutely aware of the human cost of Gaddafi's determined crackdown against a six-week-old popular uprising.

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