in many earlier posts at this blog i have commented on the absolutely theatrical nature of the "war" in libya, except of course, for that portion of it conducted by n.a.t.o.
absolutely amateurish. simple as that.
well, gadhafi is dead enough, isn't he? gotta admit it.
and, in this article, at msnbc, we finally see a little bit about the lethality of the modern battlefield. (even though a "rebel" soldier is shown dead, quite dead in a spreading pool of blood, killed by "friendly fire." not surprising, that.) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44986347/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/#.TqG0zJua_mU . oh, the arabs will still indulge their wont for the theatre of things, standing out in the middle of a street with automatic weapons in full song, hitting absolutely nothing in a show of bravado.
but, these pictures of the final battles for the control of sirte and misrata show that the lethality of things stepped up quite a bit when the battle was for the person of gadhafi. and, the fights began to produce casualties, wounded, dying and dead that one would expect in close quarters street fighting.
this battle, the fighting was for real. it shows in the wounds, and it shows in the faces of those doing battle. and, finally, we see that some of the heavy weaponry engaged was used to proper effect, as shown by the battle damage to buildings and the like. finally, someone had figured out how to aim things. (no accounting how much was done by n.a.t.o. air strike, ... , quite a bit, i should expect, given the proximity of the towns to open water, ... , perfect, for n.a.t.o. operations.)
this was a real fight. not the posturing for film crews that the previous battles were.
i would expect at this time, that whatever was left of the gadhafi forces will simply melt away.
forever? who knows? this is the middle east, and this is islam. and, this is tribal warfare.
john jay @ 10.21.2011
p.s. and, what is that idiot hilary clinton doing flashing a "v" for victory sign with the "rebels." kind of a shit for brains display by a secretary of state, who is supposed to be a diplomat. oh, well, ... , i suppose the marcuse and alinsky fervor had to boil to the surface, sometime.