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March 21, 2011

Her AK

If it was just a guy firing straight into the air, this never would have made the wires. So it’s not just a freedom-fighter shot, but one more picture conveying the message that the larger Middle East democracy movement has a gender-equality element to it. And yes, the photo does has an SNL vibe to it, the rag-tag nature of the Libyan resistance having a special appeal — at least, from safe distance.

(photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters. caption: A female rebel fighter supporter shoots an AK-47 rifle as she reacts to the news of the withdrawal of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s forces from Benghazi March 19, 2011. A rebel spokesman said on Saturday anti-government troops had driven out forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi who had entered the eastern city of Benghazi.)

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