Not for the first time you

Not for the first time you have grossly misinterpreted what I said and what I meant. 

By referring to the "Prague Spring' and Hungary 1956 I was drawing a parallel. A ruthless dictatorship was able to reestablish its power and control by using violence. Gaddafi is doing exactly the same thing. BUT more importantly by effectively crushing the rebellion, as he will do, he sends out a clear message which will be heard across the Middle East. Other dictatorships will conclude that force is the answer - watch what may happen in Tunisia and Egypt. His victory in Libya will set back freedom in the Middle East for a generation or more. Thus is the parallel with Eastern Europe in 1956 on. Depressing really.  

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