The Christian Science Monitor
September 11, 2011
As rebel forces moved on Libya’s capital three weeks ago, the people of Tripoli prepared for the worst. They expected that Muammar Qaddafi would somehow “burn” the capital as he fell and state TV said the rebels would slaughter them.
Those apocalyptic fears have so far failed to materialize. Instead, three weeks after Mr. Qaddafi went into hiding, the celebrations continue. Now, the top cause of casualties in Tripoli is the number of bullets fired joyfully into the air and then falling down on residents.
As the shooting erupted at dusk in Qaddafi’s old Tripoli compound, which thousands of curious Libyans visit every day to gawk at and spray paint across the ruins of their fallen dictator, one older couple could not get away quickly enough.