Sunday, October 23, 2011

Prof Mansur on Libya

prof Mansur sees the future of Libya as not very bright. Let's hope tribal wars don't break out. Restoring the Monarchy with an heir of King Idris would help unify the country.

The brutal end of Moammar Gadhafi was foretold.

It is an end that despots want to cheat, and some do, as Stalin and Mao did.

But Gadhafi became a hunted man, and it was only a matter of time when the hunt for him was over.

It was Gadhafi’s misfortune to fall into the hands of his tribal foes, unlike the Iraqi despot.

Saddam Hussein was, ironically, lucky to be found by American soldiers instead of being trapped like a hunted animal, and his life extinguished as mercilessly as he had killed his opponents.

There is none despised more in the Arab culture than a loser, and Gadhafi turned out to be a loser.

In a culture of tribal loyalties and vendettas, a strong man is feared, and a despot — Gadhafi, Saddam Hussein, Hosni Mubarak, Bashar al-Assad of Syria — puts fear into the hearts of people over whom he rules.

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