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Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, slams Western countries as they weigh the option of a no-fly zone over Libya, and dismisses Libya's rebels as traitors.

The UK and the US have discussed the creation of an internationally-backed no-fly zone as a contingency plan in case Gaddafi refuses to step down in response to the popular uprising that erupted last month.

But as Gaddafi becomes increasingly isolated, what are his options? And as the standoff continues, would an international military intervention be the right solution?
 
Inside Story, with presenter Ghida Fakhry, discusses with Mansour el-Kikhia, the chairman of the political science department of the University of Texas at San Antonio; Henry Shuler, a former American diplomat who served in Benghazi in the early 1960's and who was one of the few Americans to meet Gaddafi after the coup in 1970; and Ibrahim Jibreel, a Libyan political analyst.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

Source: Al Jazeera