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August 24, 2011

The Colonel’s Hat

Bryan Denton for The New York Times

I want to rejoice over a scene like this, as if I, too, had stumbled upon and donned the Colonel’s hat, or got to share the moment with my comrade who did. But then, how often does a photo like simply serve as the high water mark for the hopes of the revolution?

NYT Slideshow: The Battle for Libya

(photo: Bryan Denton for The New York Times caption: A rebel fighter in Tripoli wore a military-style hat like the one often seen on the head of Colonel Qaddafi himself. The rebel was also carrying a scepter and had an enormous gold chain hanging around his neck.)

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