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Opposition soldiers and volunteers stand on the streets and fire into the air, and begin to pack up their things from the check point in Brega as government troops move east, in Eastern Libya, March 12, 2011. Dangerous confrontations have been going on between opposition forces and those loyal to Col. Qaddafi across Libya. (Credit: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times) NYTCREDIT: Lynsey Addario for The New York Times Published 03-13-2011: Opposition fighters, above, fired from a truck on Saturday before abandoning a checkpoint in Brega, Libya, as Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's forces advanced. In Ras Lanuf, left, relatives of a man killed in the fighting there were overcome with grief. (Photographs by Lynsey Addario for The New York Times) only theya the only bulwark against forces of chaos and religious militancy. The tragedy of Libya's uprising, its genesis in peaceful protests over a government's disdain for its people, is that Colonel Qaddafi's own brutal repression from Tripoli east to Ras Lanuf and beyond may make the platitudes reality.The protests upending the Arab world have ranged from the climactic success of protesters in Tunisia and Egypt, to the brutal crackdowns in Syria, whose government forced just a handful of demonstrators to sign pledges never to protest again, and to the uneasy standoff in Bahrain between Shiite protesters and a Sunni royal family. Libya has begun to emerge as its own model - the darker side of the forces unleashed this year by the immolation of a young man in the Tunisian hinterland.Everyone here seems to have a gun these days, in a lawlessness tempered only by revolutionary ebullience. Young men at the front parade with the swagger that a rocket-propelled grenade launcher grants but hint privately that they will try to emigrate if they fail. Anti-American sentiments build, as rebels complain of Western inaction. And the hint of radicalization - religious or something more nihilist - gathers as

Libye : là où il passe, l’herbe ne pousse plus ou l’irrésistible montée d’un seigneur de la guerre dénommé Hafter

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