Libya: End of Play report
Posted on: 23 February 2011 by Alexander Hay
As Libya's civil strife nears its climax, the media reports.
As Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, and there are many ways you're supposed to spell his name, vows to rather die a martyr than leave Libya - a goal many protesters there may well wish to help him out with - what are the media saying about the ongoing Libyan crisis?
But as The Independent says, this seems not to be fazing the protesters, who vow to continue despite the great danger they face. Robert Fisk meanwhile argues that for all Gadaffi's rhetoric (and there is rather a lot of it), he may no longer be in control of the situation.
Indeed, Al-Jazeera says that even more towns and cities have rejected the regime's rule, and is one of the few outlets willing to discuss Libya's complex tribal systems and what effect they may have on the protests and their resolution.
Haaretz, meanwhile, features claims that Gadaffi ordered the sabotage of oil pipelines in his country, which probably isn't a good idea with the Americans watching, not least with the once-friendly Arab League now severing its ties.
Finally, the US media has the New York Post printing claims that Gadaffi did indeed order the Lockerbie Bombings, while Slate muses on how President Obama could use these tumultuous events to his advantage.