Heavy price of democracy
THE peaceful -- and still incomplete -- revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt were always certain to affect the rest of North Africa and other parts of the Arab world. Much depended, and continues to depend, on the reactions of such groups as the Muslim clergy and the security forces, as well as the governing regimes themselves.
Tragically, events in Libya in these last days have shown the dictator, Colonel Muammar Gadaffi, in his true colours.
Last night, Human Rights Watch estimated the death toll in four days of clashes between demonstrators and the security forces at 173. Gadaffi's regime has not issued any casualty figures, but claimed that the protesters were trying to detach the eastern Cyrenaica region from the rest of the country.