Also check Michael Totten.
Col Gaddafi was described by President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali as "not a normal person" in a conversation recorded in an American diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks. But in a speech on state television he said he was "pained" by what was happening in the country on Libya's north-western border.
"You have suffered a great loss," he said. "There is none better than Zine to govern Tunisia."
The Libyan leader, who came to power in 1969, has reason to be nervous of popular uprisings. Like Tunisia, Libya has a young and relatively well-educated population with high unemployment.
He spoke for other Arab leaders in his caution over the rioting and looting that Mr Ben Ali's flight had unleashed. "Tunisia, a developed country that is a tourist destination, is becoming prey to hooded gangs, to thefts and fire," he said. He described conditions there as "chaos with no end in sight".