Gadhafi strikes rebels as diplomats mull action

In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, Libya's leader Moammar Gadhafi attends a wreath laying ceremony in the Belarus capital Minsk. Gadhafi's security forces unleashed the most deadly crackdown of any Arab country against the wave of protests sweeping the region, with reports Monday Feb. 22, 2011 that demonstrators were being fired at from helicopters and warplanes. After seven days of protests and deadly clashes in Libya's eastern cities, the eruption of turmoil in the capital, Tripoli, sharply escalated the challenge to Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

March 19, 2011 6:12:58 AM PDT
Moammar Gadhafi took advantage of international indecision to attack the heart of the 5-week-old uprising on Saturday.