Amal Bagaigis of Benghazi, Libya, commented "we started just as lawyers looking for our rights and now we are revolutionaries. And we don't know how to manage. We want to have our own face. For 42 years we have this kind of babarianism. We now want to live."
(Quoted in today’s Guardian.)
Conversely, Colonel Gaddafi has claimed the protests to be caused by al Quaida spiking young people’s drinks with hallucinogenic drugs. (Reuters) As yet, this theory does not seem to enjoy widespread support among independent analysts.
Many commentators in the West have wished for the uprisings to spread to Iran. (Which, to some degree, they already have.) Ahmadinajad, conversely, has predicted they will spread to Europe and the US, claiming “the world is on the verge of big developments. Changes will be forthcoming and will engulf the whole world from Asia to Africa and from Europe to North America... it’s a wave that’s coming.” (Yahoo News)
For once we can hope both sides are right...