The Fall of Tripoli: Is This the End of the Gadhafi Regime?
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Libyan rebel forces moved with surprising swiftness over the weekend and claimed control over most of Tripoli. After more than four decades, Gadhafi's regime finally appears to be ending. Guest host Sara Terry looks at the prospects for a democratic regime. What sort of justice will the rebels mete to Gadhafi, whose whereabouts are currently unknown? How should the West respond? Also, remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. Twenty-five years in the making, a memorial to him finally opens on the Washington Mall.
Banner image: A Libyan rebel fighter stands in front of a closed shop in the embattled city of Zawiya, some 25 miles west of Tripoli, on the fourth day of fighting against leftover pockets of forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, August 18, 2011. Photo by Marc Hofer/AFP/Getty Images
The Fall of Tripoli: Is This the End of the Gadhafi Regime? ()
Within hours after heavy fighting erupted in Libya's capital this weekend, it appears that Colonel Moammar Gadhafi's regime is finally on its way out. Rebel forces are claiming control of 95 percent of Tripoli as skirmishes continue in the capital, and the Libyan strongman's whereabouts are unknown. NATO has pledged to continue its air strike campaign in support of the rebels, and Western leaders are reaching out to the rebels' National Transitional Council to discuss ways to build democracy in the country. Why did Tripoli fall so quickly? How will events in Libya affect other countries involved in the Arab Spring movement? What lessons can the West learn from failed attempts to build democracy in other Muslim countries?
- Vivienne Walt: Time Magazine, @vivwalt
- Rami Khouri: Daily Star, @RamiKhouri
- Mansour El-Kikhia: University of Texas at San Antonio
- Stephen Walt: Harvard University
- David Barno: Center for a New American Security
A First Look at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial ()
It's been 48 years since a young Martin Luther King, Jr. roused the nation with his I Have a Dream speech, he promised, "With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope." Nearly 50 years later, the civil rights leader is being honored with a memorial on the Washington Mall. Stone of Hope, the first for a non-president and the first for an African American, will be dedicated this weekend. Reporter Michael Ruane has been covering the creation of the memorial for the Washington Post.
- Michael Ruane: Washington Post
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