February 25, 2011 4:58 PM

Gadhafi's long rule may be a mystery, but ending isn't

Eccentricity has always been second nature for Moammar Gadhafi. Now the one-time army captain who seized power in a 1969 coup is watching his grip over Libya slip away as a 10-day insurrection, fueled by wholesale slaughters of protesters, leaves him and his hardest core loyalists all but cornered in their stronghold of Tripoli. When and how his end will come appears to be just a matter of time.

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