For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Like many of you I'm sure, I'm following hour-by-hour the rapidly unfolding events in Libya with a mixture of horror and hope. (Incidentally, the best and most detailed coverage out of all the TV channels is from Al Jazeera.) Like all bullying and blustering dictators, Gaddafi is weak and cowardly at heart, propped up by a might of military personnel who, as I speak, are gradually turning against him.
The people have spoken - in Tunisia, in Egypt, now in Bahrain, Yemen and Libya. It's time for all Western leaders to come out more forcibly against Libya's brutal, repressive and corrupt dictatorship - if only to atone for past moral mistakes (eg cosying up to Gaddafi, selling him arms etc). The people have spoken. They have acted. We should support them. We do support them. Long live the people.