"…inside Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s compound… hundreds of supporters offered themselves up as human shields, cheering to newly minted dance songs about their adoration for their leader. ‘House by house, ally by ally,’ the catchiest song went, quoting a Qaddafi speech. ‘Disinfect the germs from each house and each room.’"
"Our natural tendency is to want to help end Qaddafi’s despotic rule and to save the lives of those bravely resisting his onslaught. But it is a difficult challenge to take action that has a reasonable chance of success but that does not arouse popular—and well-founded—suspicions of neoimperial intervention."
"We are coming tonight, and there won’t be any mercy."
Muammar Qaddafi, to residents of Benghazi, in an angry broadcast speech. The UN Security Council hopes for a final vote this evening to impose a no-fly-zone, and other possible measures, on Qaddafi’s regime.
MJ’s friend, video journalist David Botti, is crushing it for the New York Times in Libya. Today, he offered an intimate portrait of Omar al-Sigury, a recently married Benghazi construction worker who is joining the rebels’ front lines. When asked if the rebels are well-equipped to fight Qaddafi, al-Sigury — one of seven siblings — answers:
No. We have nothing. We have faith. We have trust in God that we’ll get victory. We’re going but we don’t even know if we’ll come back.