Feb. 23 - Leader and Guide of the Libyan Revolution, Muammar al-Gaddafi, refused to give in to calls for his immediate removal from power this week from Western sponsored rioters and protesters, insisting that he and his Government would retain law and order despite the unrest.
Violence has continued throughout Libya for almost a week as protesters continue to clash with pro-government forces. Opposition groups, actively supported by NATO and the United States, have vowed to unleash a full-scale "civil war" in order to topple the popular revolutionary government under al-Gaddafi.
Recent reports indicated that government forces had secured control of the capitol city Tripoli, located in western Libya. On Tuesday, al-Gaddafi warned would-be rioters and other troublemakers that the government would use force, if necessary, to quash any seditious or treasonous attempts to seize power.
Meanwhile, Western oil speculators wasted no time capitalizing on the situation in Libya, forecasting an increase in oil prices, which reached as high as $ 110 a barrel on Wednesday. But rising oil prices may be just the beginning, as the United States, NATO and corporate interests seek to seize the opportunity to fulfill their imperialistic ambitions and install a pro-Western regime that will conclude favorable economic arrangements with Western-based oil companies. Fidel Castro, former President of Cuba and sitting First-Secretary of the Cuban Communist Party, voiced these exact concerns earlier in the week.
Sources: Jamahiriya News Agency (JANA)