For anyone interested in Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s rants, only Syrian owned television channels still offer the service.
“Qaddafi has spoken in two audio messages since losing control of the capital, Tripoli, this week,” writes Bloomberg.
“(B)oth aired by a privately owned network called Al Oruba TV. It is linked to Arrai TV, a Syrian-based television station owned by former Iraqi lawmaker Mishan Jabouri.
“Cleanse Tripoli of the rats,” Qaddafi said yesterday. “Let the crowds march everywhere to Tripoli.” Days earlier, he released another rambling message via Al Oruba in which he also called on his loyalists to defeat his opponents.
Qaddafi’s links to Syria may put further pressure on President Bashar al-Assad, who has been crushing anti-regime protests in his own country for the past five months. The U.S., Britain and France seek to freeze Assad’s assets and impose an arms embargo on Syria.
“By allying himself with Qaddafi like this, Assad is risking alienating himself further from the international community and the Arab community,” said Lina Khatib, who manages a program on Arab reform and democracy at Stanfor University, in a telephone interview today. “We may see this situation escalate as the Qaddafi regime crumbles.”