Compared to the complete

Compared to the complete disaster in the east of Libya, the defense of Misrata (only 130 miles east of Tripoli) has become heroic.  Misrata is still holding out, whereas most towns in the east collapse in hours.  Hopefully, this will be the "Battle of Britain" moment for Libya which will inspire the rest of the country to defy the notion of certain defeat and fight for their themselves:

If rebels in Misrata can withstand the renewed offensive by the armed forces, the city could become a vivid counterpoint to the kind of chaos that Col. Gadhafi has threatened will arise in the country should he be forcibly removed from power. Since rebels took control of the city nearly a month ago, the city has provided the kind of successful self-rule experiment that many Libyans appear to crave...

The city's military council, which is run by officers who defected from Gadhafi's army in the early days of the uprising, has organized neighborhood militias as well as civil defense forces that have kept the city's key installations safe from attack.

The town's militia repulsed an advancing column on tanks which invaded the city on March 6, fighting a four-hour battle that ended with the retreat of the government forces. The militia has also repelled multiple attacks by Col. Gadhafi's special forces against the city's radio antenna, according to two city fighters.

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