Italy estimates more than 1,000 dead in Libya

Ghadafi-sanctioned violence increasing


Italy’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told reporters Wednesday that credible reports he’s seen suggest more than 1,000 Libyans have already been killed in the government’s crackdown on protesters. There are also reports that protesters have gained control of the eastern cities of Bayda and Benghazi, he said. Other reports suggest the death toll is at least 300.

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Italy estimates more than 1,000 dead in Libya

  1. What they had in Egypt and Tunisia, you might call a peaceful revolution where protesters and soldiers climbed on tanks to pose together for the news cameras. Libya should stand as a sobering reminder of how bloody revolutions can really be. There are no "peaceful demonstrators" in Libya anymore. Each protester has had to become an armed rebel for the sake of survival, because the average mercenary in the service of Muammar al-Qaddafi is apparently unable to make the distinction between a protest sign and an AK47 when either is held by an enemy of Qaddafi. Oh, Libya will have "regime change," but it's still a question of whether Qaddafi's successor will be his son, Sayif al-Islam al-Qaddafi, or somebody else, like Gen. Mustafa Hussein, who you might say is the military leader of the rebels.

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