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Libya: Rebels take Tripoli, Gaddafi on ice

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By Michelle Malkin  •  August 21, 2011 08:39 PM

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It’s been six months since Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi gave his “I am still in charge” speech, ranted about rats and drugged-up children, and appealed to his “son” Barack Obama for help.

Now, it finally appears Libyans are done with him — freedom-fighters are celebrating across the Twittersphere, though the identity of the “rebels” on the ground is still somewhat murky as always with these revolts.

Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s four-decade-long rule over Libya was crumbling at breakneck speed Sunday as hundreds of rebel fighters swept toward the heart of Tripoli and dissidents said they had secured control of many parts of the capital.

With rebel leaders saying that Gaddafi’s compound was surrounded, that his son Saif al-Islam had been captured and that his presidential guard had surrendered, the six-month-old battle for control of Libya appeared to be hurtling toward a dramatic finale.

In an audio statement broadcast on state television late Sunday, Gaddafi made what came across as a desperate plea for support. “Go out and take your weapons,” the Libyan leader said in the brief broadcast. “All of you, there should be no fear.”

By late Sunday, rebel fighters had converged on the capital from four directions, and opposition flags were fluttering over buildings across the city. Thousands of people poured onto the streets in areas under rebel control to celebrate, stomping on posters of Gaddafi, setting off fireworks and honking horns, even in the symbolically significant Green Square in the heart of the city, previously the scene of near-daily pro-Gaddafi rallies.

Among many unresolved questions:

Has anyone seen Islamofascist tool Cynthia McKinney?

Where is that damned Lockerbie bomber?

And has Leon Panetta turned on the cable TV news yet?

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Update 10:16pm Eastern…News outlets reported that the vacationing President Obama held a phone conference with his national security team for a Libya briefing. Which reminded me of the classic IMAO spoof Obama phone call photo

The White House also released a written statement:

“The future of Libya is now in the hands of the Libyan people”…”The universal pursuit of dignity and freedom is far stronger than the iron fist of a dictator.”

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