These videos contrast the dilemma of those wanting to protest against the regime. If you don’t stand up for yourselves in mass, nothing will change; but if you do…the regime might convince its henchmen to shoot you.
Even as Qaddafi loses ground, he continues to up the ante to hang on to power. He has reportedly brought in mercenaries to hack at protesters with machetes or shoot at them in the night. Mercenaries can be more reliable than countrymen when it comes to shooting innocent civilians.
The body count so far is reaching 1,000, but it will be hard to know how many have actually been killed until the country turns back on the power to its media, which is currently in near-total black-out, under Qaddafi’s orders.