Another senior official from Muammar Gaddafi’s government jumped ship.
Gaddafi’s former foreign minister Ali Abdessalam Treki stated on Thursday that he will abandon his post in the regime. His most recent assignment was to represent Gaddafi’s regime at the United Nations.
“We should not let our country fall into an unknown fate. It is our nation's right to live in freedom, democracy and a good life,” stated Treki.
Just yesterday, Gaddafi’s then current foreign minister Moussa Koussa defected to the U.K.
Upon Koussa’s defection, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said the “resignation shows that Gaddafi's regime, which has already seen significant defections to the opposition, is fragmented, under pressure and crumbling from within. Gaddafi must be asking himself who will be the next to abandon him.”
He also encouraged the remaining people “around Gaddafi to abandon him and embrace a better future for Libya.”
Hague has proven quite prescient on Thursday.
It has become apparent that enough Western powers want Gaddafi out and are willing to act on that desire. Faced against determined rebels and their increasingly involved Western allies, Gaddafi’s chances don’t look good.
When the protests first began, people abandoned Gaddafi because they disagreed with the way he ran Libya. As the protests dragged on, more left because of the heinous and violent way he treated protestors.
Now, even more citizens, government officials, and military personnel are abandoning Gaddafi because he’s likely to be on the losing side. They’re simply jumping off a sinking ship.
As Gaddafi becomes increasingly isolated, he will become increasingly erratic. The fear is that he may put more innocent people in harm’s way in acts of desperation.