Ali Misbah, a captured Libyan soldier who had been wounded in the leg, was held under guard in a tent in the parking lot of the Al Hikmeh Hospital, one of the city's smaller medical centers.
Misbah, 25, said morale was low among Gadhafi's troops. "Recently, our spirit has collapsed and the forces that were in front of us escaped and left us alone," he said.
Misbah said he and his fellow soldiers were told that they were fighting against al-Qaida militants, not ordinary Libyans who took up arms against Gadhafi." Yahoonews.
Qathafi's "army" is an armed mob. That is the real story behind what has happened in Misrata. The rebels are also an armed mob, but that is to be expected in the absence of structure and training in their forces. McCain and Graham are right in this matter. It will not take much to take the fight out of Qathafi's partisans and turn what lookslike a stalemate into a rout.
Bombing Qathafi's headquarters compound is a good idea. It is a powerful symbol of his powerlessness. It is unlikely that such attacks will succeed in killing him. Before the strikes in '86 he was filled with a great illusion of the "toothlessness" of the United States, but he has learned his lesson and is in hiding except for unscheduled, sudden appearances.
Getting rid of the Qathafi government looks easier than ever. pl