Rebels take over Tripoli, Gadhafi’s chances for escape diminish

Emily Brown, Opinion Editor

After months of fighting for territorial dominance, the Libyan rebels have taken most of Tripoli, the capital city of Libya, from Moammar Gadhafi’s supporters.
Gadhafi’s compound has been overrun, forcing him into hiding.
While the rebels continue to fight for control over areas east of the international airport, especially Gadhafi’s village of Sirte, the question remains: Where is Gadhafi?
Several audio messages from Gadhafi have been released, encouraging his remaining forces and supporters to march to Tripoli and reclaim the city from the rebels.
But his whereabouts remain to be seen.
Is he hiding in underground bunkers underneath his compound?
Is he in one of the two suburbs of Abu Salim and Al Hadba al Khadra that remain unclaimed by the rebels?
Did he leave Tripoli through an official convoy?
Some even suggested that he escaped through a tunnel underneath his compound to the Rixos Hotel, where the foreign journalists were staying.
Despite all of these reports and the $1.4 million bounty on his head, he has not been seen.
But to be honest, I don’t think it really matters where he is now.
The epicenter of Gadhafi’s kingdom has fallen to the rebels, and it is doubtful that his loyalists will regain all of the ground they have lost, especially with the international community at their heels.
It is unlikely he will ever be in a position of power again.
He either has to stay in hiding for the rest of his life or surrender to the rebel forces or the International Criminal Court to be tried for crimes against humanity. There is no way for him to argue his case. He will be executed or put in jail for the rest of his life.
It is even more unlikely that he will remain hidden.
The rebels, despite loyalist resistance, have retained control over the international airport. That means he can’t fly out of the country.
He chances of making it out of his country by convoy are slowly diminishing. The National Transitional Council, the temporary rebel government, has offered amnesty for any Gadhafi loyalist that turns him in.
While the rebels push further into the east, this offer of amnesty will start sounding mighty appealing.