Gold Green (land) and Retreats _________________________> Lines of fight and flight

_____________________________________Debating the 'intervention'
Asli Bali, international law professor at the UCLA School of Law. She has written and commented extensively on the question of international intervention in Libya.
Khaled Mattawa, Libyan poet and scholar. He is an associate professor in the English Language and Literature Department at the University of Michigan.

Maybe it's the abnormal times, or maybe it's the recently posted leaflets in the streets exhorting members of the public to report "destructive or suspicious elements", but today there seems to be

something sinister about the models' display, like some leitmotiv from a Forties film noir – Carol Reed for example. Tripoli in 2011 is not remotely like the post-war Vienna of The Third Man. But it is irresistibly reminiscent of the world conjured by the film's original creator Graham Greene.
For we are surely in Greeneland. Perhaps only the author who indelibly brought to life Papa Doc's Haiti in The Comedians, or Batista's Cuba in Our Man in Havana, could do justice to the heavy atmosphere hanging over Tripoli i

Thursday, 24 March 2011
The Gaddafi regime is sitting on gold reserves of more than $6.5bn (£4bn) which could potentially provide the funds to pay a mercenary army to continue fighting for months.


The resistance has foundered on its own indiscipline and farcical ineptitude

Thursday, 24 March 201
The pervading feature of the conflict in Libya has been the ineptitude of the main rebel force. Time and again they have failed to take advantage of weaknesses among Muammar Gaddafi's troops and, just as frequently, they have fled in the face of fire.
The most glaring example was the opportunity offered by the air strikes carried out by the West which destroyed the regime's tanks and artillery outside Benghazi and forced its soldiers into a terrified retreat to the next city, Ajdabiya.



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