The rebels have now entered Tripoli and the big question is if Colonel Gaddafi will leave the Capital city alive or dead at the hands of his enemies, or take to the skies in a bid for freedom and exile? This will also be a nervous time for those Western nations, including the UK, who have supported the rebels and hope that the surrender of Tripoli will not lead to a bloodbath of crime and violence against the population.
Colonel Gaddafi, like so many despots, has happily allowed his people to be maimed and killed as he battled to remain in power, but his hours as dictator are numbered and the future of the country will be decided on the behaviour of the rebels in the coming days and which amongst them emerges as leader.
The revolution that has swept across the Arab world has been amazing to watch, but one still wonders if the ordinary citizens of the countries involved, including Egypt, will get to experience real democracy and a share in the wealth of their nations? Sadly, one suspects that once Gaddafi is defeated the Western powers will sigh with relief and remove themselves from any further involvement in these countries. Look at Syria, where the people are being left to die at the hands of Assad and his henchmen.