Colliding pictures,/words. death/ life
[4:20am Beirut / 9:20pm New York]It would seem like now would be a juncture at which closing this post would make sense. Al-Jazeera is broadcasting an unrelated documentary while other channels have relapsed into their "regular programming." But the people of Libya continue to face the reality of the following through on what was an implicit promise of "we will kill you" (on the part of Saif al-Islam al-Qaddafi).
As I type these words, I can't help but think back to the calls from those on the ground in Libya that were aired live throughout the day on al-Jazeera and other stations. Whomever was speaking, they conveyed a sense of despiration and fear at what they were experiencing as well as a sense of horror and shock at the silence of "world leaders." As one Jadaliyya Co-Editor put it, "again, we will witness eleventh hour humanitarian/democratic support by many western powers regarding another Arab revolt."
Now is not the time to analyze the different reasons behind the silence on the part of governments in each of the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, as well as various international organizations. Despite their fear, despiration, horror, and shock, the Libyan people continued to turn out in larger numbers throughout the day. What is certain is that Qaddafi's regime is on the brink of a total collapse in the face of unwavering demonstrators and various defecting elements.
Unclear is the amount of death, injuries, and trauma that will accompany the final end of this regime. As of writing this conlcusion, the unconfirmed total deaths is well over 600 and nearly
ten thousand injured as the seventh day of the Libyan uprising has come to a close.