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Mikhail Gorbachev Thinks Ruthless Gadhafi Could be Forced Out
Caroline Lorraine
Feb 22, 2011, 11:46

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Mikhail Gorbachev, the former leader of the USSR, told CNN recently he thinks Moammar Ghadafi could be forced out of Libya due to his reaction to protesters.

"Gadhafi reacted so ruthlessly that he might end up being forced out (of his country).�

�I don't want to make predictions or anything, but he's shooting at people; he is using the military and weapons against defenseless people."

Gorbachev was the leader of the USSR during the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe and Russia.  

"People are trying to get of out poverty, and they've got nothing to lose. I think it's now very important that Europe and the United States respond to this situation very responsibly," Gorbachev said.

It has been reported that Gadhafi�s security forces have killed more than 200 protesters attempting to oust the Libyan leader.

�People are striving for a better life," Gorbachev said, according to CNN. "They have nothing to lose."

Recently Gorbachev also accused Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin of arrogance over their plan to jointly decide who should run in next year's presidential elections.

He called the ruling United Russia party of which both Putin and Medvedev are members a "rotting monopoly" that was suffocating life out of Russian politics.

"It is preventing the development of democratic processes," said Gorbachev. "United Russia reminds me of a bad copy of the Soviet Communist Party."

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