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March 02, 2011

Rebels Repel Gadaffy Attack on Oil Port

Usually a tyrant has so many advantages on his side a revolution seems futile.

Gadaffy has not only lost most of his land, but even when he puts together a counteroffensive, he loses.

Rebel forces routed troops loyal to Moammar Gadhafi in a fierce battle over an oil port Wednesday, scrambling over the dunes of a Mediterranean beach through shelling and an airstrike to corner their attackers. While they thwarted the regime's first counteroffensive in eastern Libya, opposition leaders still pleaded for outside airstrikes to help them oust the longtime leader.

Airstrike? Right, they have jets and stuff too, from defecting air force pilots. The plucky, ragged renegade rebellion has artillery and jets.

He really does not enjoy any of the advantages of your usual tyrant. He fails at evil.

I'm no military theorist but at this point, it seems like the rebels could afford to just consolidate and set up their own governments just hold a long siege of Tripoli.

Not saying they should or will, just that they could.

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