Revolutionaries have a tough time dealing with revolutions.
When Muammar Gaddafi took power in Libya in 1969, he was not yet 30. Today he faces an uprising from youthful protesters who want him gone. His response: You deserve the death penalty. So far it appears about 300 have been killed in the protests.
The United States has little leverage with Libya — the countries have not been on the friendliest of terms for most of Gaddafi’s rule.
So the administration is left issuing words like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s repetition that Libya immediately stop “this unacceptable bloodshed.” Is that enough? Others are calling for sanctions to military intervention.
In a novel explanation, Gaddafi says he can’t step down because he is not president but is in fact a revolutionary.
Not known for subtlety, Gaddafi chose as location for his angry discourse the residence damaged in the 1986 U.S. bombing raid that also killed his baby daughter. Next to him stood a monument of a fist crushing a U.S. fighter jet.