Libya: Liberation or Limbo?

He's out of sight....perhaps dead, more likely on the lam. But almost assuredly, Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule of Libya has come to an end. Jubilation is spilling out on the streets of cities around Libya. There's also celebration here in Canada --where many Libyans fled to from Gadhafi's ruthless rule. We speak with a father watching events in his homeland from far away. And a son who is witnessing it all first hand.

Today's guest host was Piya Chattopadhyay.

Part One of The Current


It's Thursday August 25th.

An extraordinary scene in Tripoli this week after Libyans raided Moammar Gadhafi's compound, stole his collection of flamboyant designer clothes and paraded through the streets.

Currently, Imelda Marcos wants her shoes back.

This is the Current.

Libya: Liberation or Limbo? - Abdalla Bengezi/Omar Bengezi

It was an astonishing scene, a Libyan rebel fighter had fought his way into Moammar Gadhafi's compound, slipped into the dictator's tent and gave interviews wearing one of the colonel's brocaded caps. If he was trying to look and sound more ridiculous than the colonel, he set the bar too low. In a subsequent audio message, Gadhafi claimed his escape from the compound was a tactical retreat. He told his supporters that the rebels want Libyans to live in the dark, to be tortured and shown "hard ways."

Gadhafi promises to fight to victory or martyrdom. A bounty has been placed on his head ... there is still strong running gun battle in Tripoli and other parts of Libya. The country was hardly an oasis of social order, but it has become unhinged.

To give us his insight into what's happening, we were joined by Abdalla Bengezi. He's a Libyan-Canadian who returned to his home country this month after finishing his MBA at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He was in Benghazi this morning. His father Dr. Omar Bengezi is a Libyan-Canadian doctor who went back to Libya in March to help overwhelmed medical staff deal with scores of injured protesters. He was in Hamilton.

Libya: Liberation or Limbo? - Scott Taylor

It's amazing anything was left of Gadhafi's Tripoli compound to loot. NATO warplanes bombed it repeatedly -- not only because of its symbolism -- but because it was unlikely any civilians would be nearby. Over the last few months Canada took a lead role in the NATO campaign enforcing the no-fly zone in Libya.

Keeping the Libyan airforce out of the sky was a big boost for the rebels. Scott Taylor has just returned from Libya. He's the editor and publisher of the Canadian military magazine, Esprit de Corps. He was in Ottawa.

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