28 Feb '11, 10pm

We'll oust Gaddafi ourselves, Libyans tell West

BENGHAZI, Libya: Libyan pro-democracy protesters say they are determined to unseat strongman Muammar Gaddafi without any foreign military intervention, even at the cost of further bloodshed. With world powers weighing options to end Gaddafi's 41-year hardline rule, protesters who overran Benghazi, Libya's second city, hoisted a banner spelling out their message loudly and clearly: "No foreign intervention, Libyan people can do it alone." The devastating sectarian violence that rocked Iraq in the aftermath of the 2003 US-led military intervention that brought down dictator Saddam Hussein haunts many Libyans. "The Iraqi example scares everyone in the Arab world," said Abeir Imneina, a professor of political sciences at the university of Benghazi. "We know very well what happened in Iraq, which is in the throes of instability. Following in those footsteps is not appealing at ...

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