View at dusk down Tripoli Street, the main flash point in the battle for Misrata.  The tall buildings in the foreground were occupied for weeks by Gadaffi snipers and fighters, and the buildings were so destroyed by fire and bullet/shell holes that they will never be usable again.

I was told that most of the Gadaffi fighters were recovered by their own side, allegedly to be construed as casualties of NATO bombings, but the number of dead here, some 600, is less that the Misuratans say were killed in the battle, where some 1500 Misratans lost their lives.

Libya Revisited

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George went back to Libya nine months after Gaddafi to document a country trying to reinvent itself after forty-two years of dictatorship.  He got an unusual permit to fly his motorized paraglider over parts of the country that had been impossible four years earlier, and was able to make aerial photographs of amazingly well-preserved Greek and Roman ruins, destroyed oilfields, and the extraordinary oasis town of Ghadames. George found a country that was optimistic in its quest for democracy and freedom, but unsure of exactly what those concepts mean.  While guns and burned out tanks were everywhere, so was native gentleness and generosity.  The Libyans had won what they fought for, only to find themselves in an interesting time.

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