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

With a female body guard standing behind, Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi arrives at the Rixos hotel in the capital Tripoli on March 8, 2011. Earlier in the day Kadhafi warned of dire consequences for North Africa and Europe if there was any Western interference in his country's affairs, in a telephone conversation with the Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: MAHMUD TURKIA/2011 AFP

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]