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    Posted October 23, 2014 by
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    2+2 still = 4 (even in Libya)

    There are a few things that are often overlooked by the Libyan analysts whose job it is to interpret Libya for the rest of the world. These things, though my own perceptions, must not be cast aside, for they are facts.

    There are a few reasons why real democracy is stalling in Libya. For one thing, the American backed Arab dictators of the world will never allow democracy to flourish in Libya. If democracy were left to it’s own devices and flourish in Libya, it would be the worst nightmare for the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia. If democracy proves itself to be fruitful in Libya, the seeds of that fruit will surely spread to the oppressed fields of the Gulf, where upon the citizens of Qatar and Saudi Arabia may just take a liking to the fact that if Libya doesn’t like it’s leaders, it can simply elect new ones.

    They would certainly seek the same opportunity to choose their own government and leaders. For the dictators of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, this is a no starter, as in democracy must not be allowed to start affecting people’s expectations for self-rule.

    As notions of self-rule are the very things that keep Arab dictators up at night, they spend all day trying to thwart the democratic process in Libya. This has been done mainly by the funding and arming of militias who may or may not be aligned in some way with the Libyan government. For example, the militias that surrounded parliament earlier this year to demand that the new Libyan government be purged of anyone connected to the former regime were actually a concerted effort to fund and arm militias that remain loyal to interest outside of Libya so that they can, in fact, remain armed and funded. Misrata was a key funnel for Qatar during the war and, from the actions of its militias, it still is. The cry to purge the new government actually came from the Gulf, as it funded militias to usurp the democratic process in Libya so that a more pliable Gulf friendly weaker government could be assembled.

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