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Qaddafi and the False Dawn of a ‘New Libya’

A truly new Libya can only be one without the Qaddafis in charge, writes Peter Juul.

Last Sunday, with violence mounting as the Libyan government unleashed elements of its security apparatus to put down the uprising against the forty-plus year reign of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, Saif al-Islam Qaddafi — the colonel’s son and heir apparent — took to Libyan television to deliver a rambling speech threatening civil war and the potential takeover of Libya by militant Islamists. As I heard the reports of the younger Qaddafi’s speech, I was puzzled — were these the same militant Islamists the government had released from the notorious Abu Salim prison under a program of rehabilitation sponsored by none other than Saif al-Islam himself?

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Peter Juul

Senior Policy Analyst