The Madeleine Brand Show for February 23, 2011

Spotlight on Gadhafi: how long will he hold on, and who will succeed him?

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A Libyan protester burns a portrait of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in front of the Libyan embassy in Kuala Lumpur on February 23, 2011. Some 200 protesters gathered in front of the embassy with banners and placards to condemn the bloody crackdown on anti-government demonstrators in Libya.

Protesters in Libya have reportedly taken much of the Eastern part of the country and are closing in on the capital, Tripoli, in the West. Colonel Moammar Gadhafi's supporters have responded with heavy gunfire. But his support is cracking. Today, two army pilots let their airplane crash in the desert, parachuting to safety, rather than bomb Benghazi, Libya's second largest city, which is held by the protesters. Here now to talk about Gadhafi and how Libya got to this point is Elizabeth Dickinson, Editor of Foreign Policy Magazine. What might be next if he's forced from power?


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