On our side of the planet, a darkening sky. Meanwhile, the Arab Spring descends in full force in Libya. It is now early Monday there, and the rule of Moammar Gadhafi, without which the world has not known itself for 42 years, appears to be on the crest of collapsing while rebel supporters are converging upon a main square of Tripoli.
So remember North Africa, and remember Libya, and remember The Rt. Rev. Bill Andrew Musk, area bishop of North Africa in the Episcopal/Anglican Diocese of Egypt.
…pictures began to emerge early Monday from Tripoli’s Green Square, where Gadhafi supporters have gathered regularly, showing those opposed to the regime celebrating the rebel fighters’ inroads. Joyous people could be seen celebrating, waving the rebel flag and even flashing the “victory” sign.
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Sunday that “the Gadhafi regime is clearly crumbling,” and urged the leader to acknowledge defeat.
“The rebel fighters are in control of most of the neighborhoods in Tripoli,” said the rebel spokesman, Ibrahim.
With communications to the capital sporadic and some journalists confined to their hotel, reports of opposition gains within Tripoli could not be independently confirmed, and some experts cautioned that a tough urban battle may yet lie ahead between the lightly armed and untrained rebels and the elite government forces kept in reserve for the defense of the capital.
But reporters traveling with rebel forces said Gaddafi’s defenses were melting away faster than had been expected, with reports of entire units fleeing as rebels entered the capital from the south, east and west, and his supporters inside the city tearing off their uniforms, throwing down their weapons and attempting to blend into the population.