Two defectors in two days, rebels coming under heavy attack, NATO taking on the command and the ever defiant Colonel Muammar Gaddafi- Libya looks set for a long raging war.
Within 24 hours of former Libyan foreign ministerMoussa Koussa defecting to UK via Tunisia, another former foreign minister Ali Abdel-Salam al-Treki is said to have put his resignation. The western leadership looks at it as the weakening of the Gaddafi regimen, which it is. But despite the UN led forces trying their best to impose the ‘no fly zone’ (NFZ) and bombing the settlements they don’t seem like having any major impact on the regimen.
BBC reports on Thursday mentioned that the rebels were fast losing ground and that they were under attack from Gaddafi’s forces.
Foreign secretary William Hauge mentioned that Koussa was offered no immunity and was operating under no pressure, but on will. Koussa who might also face questioning by Scottish prosecutors over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing will try to bargain some security in lieu of trading inner secrets of Gaddafi.
People higher in the ranks and close to the regimen leaving Gaddafi indeed will add pressure on the regimen, but with the west not offering any immunity or security to such leaders, the move will curtail number of defectors.
On the other hand despite being bombed by NATO, which officially took charge of the UN forces on Thursday ‘brother leader’ doesn’t look down and out by any account. It’s been two weeks that NFZ has been sanctioned against Gaddafi who isn’t giving up.
This signal at the failure of international forces which still look out of strategy to end the stalemate, though David Cameron still doesn’t rule out supplying arms to rebels. But the step is still far-fetched and the battle looks likely to go long.
Hauge has said, “Gaddafi must be asking himself who will be the next to go.” Should the West also not be asking itself, how long will this go?