So far the govt have been hedging their bets a little across the Middle East. They have tended to condemn governments like Mubarak’s in Egypt and Ben Ali’s in Tunisia only when it is certain that they were going.
So tonight’s statement by David Cameron must be the final death knoll in Gaddafi’s coffin.
The PM said: “We are now putting serious pressure on this regime, we’ve put in place today a travel ban, asset freeze, there’ll be further export measures that will be taken as well in the coming hours. All of this I think sends a very clear message to this regime, it is time for Colonel Gaddafi to go and to go now, there is no future for Libya that includes him.”
This is a turning point. So far the West has called for an immediate stop to all violence and an “orderly transition” but these words could not be any more unequivocal. If even the traditionally pragmatic (to say the least) British are saying it is time then Mad Dog’s days are numbered. Hundreds of people may die in the coming days unnecessarily but he will go.