The insurgency had been going on for many years and accomplished very little. It was humorous when Obama and Clinton tried to explain our intervention as necessary because "he was killing protesters."
"Protesters" don't show up forty-eight hours after the news breaks armed with Dushka 12.7mm heavy machine guns and UB-32 rocket launchers.
My theory is that the insurgents promised reduced royalties for X number of years in return for air and C3 support to end the stalemate....or possibly Kadhaffi was about to pull a Chavez on them, and they decided to take pre-emptive action by beefing up the insurgency.
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