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  •  A good number of pundits and politicians (2+ / 0-)
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    Gustogirl, Clay Claiborne

    who got burned by their misassessments of Iraq are now continuing their sorry record by imagining Libya to be just like Iraq.  It's the classic error of fighting the last war.

    Libya's tribal structure is not totally negligible.  It seems quite weak- essentially a social grouping- in the coastal cities and farming areas of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica where ~90% of the Libyan population lives.  It does seem to be the primary political organization in the desert communities, where government services and protections can be very far away and people are poor.

    The coastal regions are now liberated from Gaddafi.  Tribal issues are of much greater importance as the uprising forces move on the remaining desert population centers. But we shouldn't lose sight of that this constitutes only 10% of the Libyan population.

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