Qaddafi Might Be Allowed to Stay in Libya in Exchange for a Cease-fire Deal


So says Britain, reluctantly, joining France in agreeing to potentially broker such a deal (which, of course, includes the provision that the dictator step down). “Obviously him leaving Libya itself would be the best way of showing the Libyan people that they no longer have to live in fear of Qaddafi,” the British prime minister said. “But as I have said all along, this is ultimately a question for Libyans to determine.” Similarly, Egyptians were allowed to decide the fate of Hosni Mubarak once he stepped down; they decided to arrest him. Weird that they didn’t harbor more affection for the brutal dictator, no? [NYT]