Kadafi’s last refuge, fear, is collapsing
Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi’s vanity and reliance on repression led him to underestimate Libyans’ anger against him.
By Jeffrey Fleishman
Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Cairo – Moammar Kadafi’s many vanities led the Libyan leader and his intelligence network into miscalculating the breadth of outrage against him in his own land. Long one of the Arab world’s most perplexing personalities, Kadafi has traveled the globe with a tent, warning against foreign intervention while polishing his image at home as the country’s “Brotherly Leader.”
But the unrest sweeping the tribal nation is a sign that after four decades in power, Kadafi has lost the support of key clans and loyalists, and has steadily relied on repression to stay in power. It is as if he failed to grasp the dynamic of change emanating from Tunisia to his west and Egypt to his east.