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Juan Cole:

Most of the country stretching from the outskirts of Tripoli east toward Egypt is now in the hands of popular committees allied with local security forces that have defected from the dictator. Even to Tripoli’s west, the rebellion had spread to some small towns. Qaddafi is increasingly left only with a sullen and sanguinary Tripoli, about 1 million people, where the streets are ghostly and marauding security forces hotrod it through the streets, sometimes firing indiscriminately.

Ali Elhushi Younis Eljahmi, a Libyan Engineer who lives in Libya:

Gadaffi has fought like a cornered animal, but his end is close. We have struggled knowing that if he defeated our revolution, then the vengeance he would extract would be many times worse than his four-decade long tyranny. Despite our isolation we know that we have better options.

Marget Talbot dusts off an old Qadaffi interview:

What seems most relevant for understanding Qaddafi’s reaction to the protests today ... is the concept of “Jamahiriya,” which he invokes, with a vague, insistent mysticism, to say that representative government does not exist in Libyaindeed, government does not existbecause the people’s will is one and the same with his: “The authority of the people is achieved, the dream is realized. The struggle is over.”

Yglesias:

My intuition is that once things take such a violent turn, the odds for even a successful revolution turning out well start to get much worse.

(Photo: Graffiti mocking leader Moammar Khaddafi is seen with the Arabic writing 'leave' in the eastern dissident-held city of Tobruk on February 24, 2011. By Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)

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