Monday, March 7, 2011

Which is the lesser evil?

I found this Getty newswire picture to be slightly disturbing, I didn't realize Qaddafi was a Nazi and Jewish at the same time. Hopefully this is not representative of the general feeling in rebel held Libya.

I hope people eventually realize that Libya is a mix of Yugoslavia and Iraq, instead of Croats, Serbs, and Bosnians or Kurds, Shiites, and Sunnis, we have dozens of tribes, many with long-standing grievances towards one another.

Qaddafi (of the Qaddafi tribe) was successful in his 1969 coup because it was felt that King Idris I favored the eastern tribes. He learned to play the tribes against each other over the past 42 years to maintain his control.

So have no fantasies that there will be a smooth and easy transition to democracy in Libya even if Qaddafi is overthrown.

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