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  •  Why would the Saudis have more juice than France? (4+ / 0-)
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    Pozzo, Lawrence, nklein, raistuumum

    When the TNC wins, who are they going to have the most gratitude towards - a country that flew 0 missions in defense of their movement and the Libyan civilians, or the country that flew the large majority of them?

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 11:36:44 AM PDT

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    •  I expect (0+ / 0-)

      the country that has multiple points of cultural links with Libyans as well as a record of providing on the ground funding to the people who are next in line to take over power to command a boatload of loyalty.

      Would France, whose record in North Africa is one of soul-crushing colonialism and support for authoritarian regimes, use its considerable resources to counter the massive Saudi efforts in the country? I don't believe they will, and I don't expect to be proven wrong.

      As I said, the story of Libya is still a tragedy. The Libyan people will eventually overcome that. Of that I have absolutely no doubt. But they won't achieve it with this transitional council and its allies that have taken over.

      If the people one day wish to live / destiny cannot but respond / And the night cannot but disappear / and the bonds cannot but break. -- Abu'l-Qasim al-Shabbi

      by unspeakable on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 12:39:59 PM PDT

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      •  The TNC is just that: transitional (2+ / 0-)
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        Lawrence, raistuumum

        Each community is forming their own councils and havie their own military structures.  They have tried to improve organization and coordination across the country, but it is a grassroots movement.  Each community has its own proto-political structure developing.

        There is little to fear from the TNC drowning a nascent democracy since if they would attempt to the local councils will reject and move onto a new structure.

        That's the amazing thing about these uprisings is that they are so grassroots.

        "Now we are engaged in a great civil war testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure."

        by nklein on Tue Jun 28, 2011 at 02:38:05 PM PDT

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