Still, given that the drivers of social revolution are well in place in many of the North African and Middle Eastern countries, I imagine the EU had best get into and stay in decision-making mode as the calls pertaining to Libya are unlikely to be a once-off event in the year ahead.
It would be interesting to see if there are further protests in Iran - no doubt, the force used to quell unrest there will not be too different from what is happening now with the good Colonel.
The impact of these North African Islamic country revolutions are widespread though - several dozen people have recently been arrested in Zimbabwe just for holding a meeting to discuss the Egypt protests. One can only hope that the situation resolves peacefully and quickly - and more importantly, that the regime that replaces the current set of autocrats isn't worse than the incumbents.
Having worked in Libya many years back, I can only imagine the turmoil in the country right now and really feel for my friends and ex-colleagues that are still there and struggling to get out.
Certainly agree with the international sentiment and the majority of the opinions expressed above that Gaddafi must go and that protestors should not be harmed but realistically I believe there is little chance of that. Particularly given his speech yesterday!
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