Free Libya! For Freedom Fighters, failure is not an option

A Point of View, Libya, Middle East & North Africa, Politics | | March 8, 2011 at 20:35

Freedom Fighters are engaged in a fight to the death. They cannot lose. Torture and death await their capitulation. They will win or they will die. That’s the mentality that drives them to face tanks, helicopters and artillery fire with handguns, machetes and household tools. That’s the determination that has driven back tank assaults in the streets of Zawiya. Idealistic? Realistic? Who am I to judge?

I don’t know where they find their courage. I am thankful my son has not been driven to these acts of desperation. But I am as proud of them as if they were my own sons. I feel with their mothers the pain and agony – and pride.

They are truly Lions of the Desert. But we don’t want to see them all die. If the West doesn’t stop the tanks and the planes, the bloodbath will be greater than we can imagine. They will not give up. And they shouldn’t. Free Libya! Failure is not an option.

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