'The Last Bullet': Qadhafi and the Future of Libya

Author
Simon Henderson, David Schenker
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Abstract
Following this weekend's widespread disturbances in Libya, Muammar Qadhafi could lose power within hours or days as his military units and security services crumble in the face of popular discontent. Alternatively, he could decide -- in the ominous words of his son Saif al-Islam -- to "fight to the last bullet," which suggests even more horrific levels of violence and anarchy. In a rambling television broadcast today, February 22, the colonel pledged to "die as a martyr."
Topic
Conflict Resolution, Democratization
Political Geography
Libya, Arabia, Arab Countries, North Africa