I don't think Gaddafi has

I don't think Gaddafi has suddenly become unpopular or as you put it 'alienated so many, so quickly'. It is a case that he has over the years alienated everybody. The Arabs loath him and most of the West detest him. 

The point about allowing Libya to fracture has not been covered on the thread (as I recall). It has all been about Gaddafi winning and the rebels gradually losing. I fear that although I welcome the No-fly policy it is rather too late in the day. Had this happened 2 weeks ago I feel sure that Gaddafi would have already been overthrown. This intervention may yet turn the tide, but I can see it ending up as a stalemate with Gaddafi left in control on the west of Libya. 

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