Violent Battles Continue in Libya

by Brittany Harris on March 2, 2011 at 8:22 am

The violent battles in Libya continue Wednesday as protesters work to remove Maummar Gadhafi from power.

Thousands have died as a result of the uprising that began in January and there is no telling when it will end. WHIZ News spoke to Political Science Professor Brian King from Muskingum University about the future of the country.

"You have generations of people who have been pushed down, held down, kept down and all around them they’re seeing revolution and they’re seeing change," said King.

The U.S. has started moving naval and air forces closer to the shores and is calling for Gadhafi, who has ruled since 1969, to give up power immediately. It has been reported that he warned even more Libyans will die if the U.S. or NATO intervene.

"The fear with that is that because he can’t sustain for a long period of time, he’s going to get very desperate and very violent in a short period," said the professor.

King believes U.S. leaders are doing a good job of being proactive without over stepping their boundaries. He hopes they continue to support this revolution.

"If we can have a world where there are more people in charge of their government, where there are more people who have a right to speak and to assemble, and to have a free press that can’t be quashed by the government, I think it’s going to be a better world for everyone."

Despite foreign sanctions, Gadhafi has announced he will not be stepping down.