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Calls for Libya "no-fly zone"
Several Libyans, especially in the Diaspora, are now loudly calling for an internationally imposed no-fly zone over Libya - comparable to the one over Iraq before the Gulf War - to protect Libyan civilians against war crimes by their own leaders.
So far, however, there are few signals that any international intervention will take place, despite the UN Security Council's powers to order a flight ban.
No place to go for Ghaddafi
In another mounting discussion, as the end of the Ghaddafi regime obviously is nearing, is what to do with the soon-to-be-deposed dictator and his family. The Libyan UN mission has already urged all countries to prevent Mr Ghaddafi from fleeing.
The "hot" candidate for a Ghaddafi asylum has so far been Venezuela, with President Hugo Chavez so far known as a close friend to Mr Ghaddafi. The Venezuelan government however strongly has denied any rumours Mr Ghaddafi would go to the Latin American country.
Also, President Chavez, by receiving the Libyan dictator, would give an impression of supporting the massacre of the Libyan people - a signal he would not like to make, neither to a future Libyan government nor to his own voters.
In the Middle East and in Africa, Mr Ghaddafi has as many enemies as he has petrodollar-based friendships. In both regions, it would be difficult for any leader to receive Mr Ghaddafi after the current massacre of civilians. Indeed, it could cause riots in any country.
In nearby Europe, Mr Ghaddafi would be plainly rejected, as was Tunisian dictator Zine el-Abedine Ben Ali when he fled his country.
As few candidates remain - maybe Zimbabwe or Uzbekistan? - there are open discussions on Mr Ghaddafi's faith at the end of the ongoing revolution. A Ceausescu-like end is becoming more likely, as Mr Ghaddafi and his sons seem determined to fight until the last moment.
By staff writers
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