In those heady days, not so long ago, when a new Libya looked to be just around the corner, most people believed that Colonel Gaddafi and his followers would be long gone by this time. How wrong they were. It is now October 5, 2011 and the Transitional National Council of Libya, and its NATO forces, are no nearer to getting their hands on Gaddafi than they were months ago.
The news has gone pretty cold on Libya, and Libya is in danger of becoming just another forgotten conflict in just another forgotten country.
Before the revolution in Libya it was probably easier to guess where Gaddafi and his cronies where. Since he and others have been on the run his location is hard to pinpoint. Forces have a few ideas of his whereabouts but little in the way of hard facts.
In true "UK Del Boy" style Gaddafi continues to "duck and dive" his way out of the reach of his pursuers. It must be frustrating for many to say the least. A new peaceful Libya is of course possible even if Gaddafi remains elusive, but it may not last. One way or another Gaddafi and those loyal to him must be caught. It will then fall on whoever, to decide their fate.
If they remain in hiding there is always the chance of a return, resurgence or continued upheaval. The lack of regular news reports means that Nato Forces and the TNC may not be having it all their own way. When they are, regular reports seem to flow constantly. Of course some of that is the propaganda war.
The latest report from Reuters states that Gaddafi is determined he will not suffer the same fate as Saddam Hussein. Perhaps then, if the time and circumstances become right, he may instead choose to follow the path of Adolf Hitler. In the long run it would save a lot of time, money, grief and effort.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog