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megimoo
02-24-2011, 01:55 AM
Baida, Libya - Thousands of African mercenaries and militiamen were massing on roads heading toward Tripoli on Wednesday to reinforce the stronghold of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi as rebels protesting his 40-year rule claimed to have taken control of cities closer to the capital, witnesses said.
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Distrustful of even his own generals, Colonel Qaddafi has for years quietly built up this ruthless and loyal force. It is made up of special brigades headed by his sons, segments of the military loyal to his native tribe and its allies, and legions of African mercenaries he has helped train and equip. Many are believed to have fought elsewhere, in places like Sudan, but he has now called them back.

Witnesses said thousands of members of this irregular army were massing on roads to the capital, Tripoli, where one resident described scenes evocative of anarchic Somalia: clusters of heavily armed men in mismatched uniforms clutching machine guns and willing to carry out orders to kill Libyans that other police and military units, and even fighter pilots, have refused.


http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/world/africa/24libya.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

lacarnut
02-24-2011, 02:00 AM
Sounds like a bloodbath. If Obama had a spine and knew where he was located, he would whack him.

megimoo
02-24-2011, 02:07 AM
Sounds like a bloodbath. If Obama had a spine and knew where he was located, he would whack him.The Brotherhood will get him !

CueSi
02-24-2011, 02:37 AM
Sounds like a bloodbath. If Obama had a spine and knew where he was located, he would whack him.

<whistles Marine Corps hymn . . .

~QC

Odysseus
02-24-2011, 10:00 AM
Sounds like a bloodbath. If Obama had a spine and knew where he was located, he would whack him.

Unfortunately, there is no good side in this fight. The rebels are Islamists and the regime is a rogue terrorist state. The best thing that could happen would be if they both lost.

Rockntractor
02-24-2011, 10:47 AM
Unfortunately, there is no good side in this fight. The rebels are Islamists and the regime is a rogue terrorist state. The best thing that could happen would be if they both lost.
The more killed on both sides the better.

Bailey
02-24-2011, 10:56 AM
Unfortunately, there is no good side in this fight. The rebels are Islamists and the regime is a rogue terrorist state. The best thing that could happen would be if they both lost.

Its a shame all that oil is wasted on those useless bags of skin.

Odysseus
02-24-2011, 11:15 AM
Its a shame all that oil is wasted on those useless bags of skin.

In countries with strict private property rights, oil is a means to creating wealth and prosperity. In a country without those rights, it becomes an instrument of tyranny. A government that can rely on oil revenues doesn't have to have a functioning economy or productive tax base. It sees its citizens as a nuisance, to be bought off or suppressed, rather than as taxpayers who are entitled to the services that they pay for. A tribal society with oil revenues will never advance or develop. It's a tragedy.

Rockntractor
02-24-2011, 11:24 AM
In countries with strict private property rights, oil is a means to creating wealth and prosperity. In a country without those rights, it becomes an instrument of tyranny. A government that can rely on oil revenues doesn't have to have a functioning economy or productive tax base. It sees its citizens as a nuisance, to be bought off or suppressed, rather than as taxpayers who are entitled to the services that they pay for. A tribal society with oil revenues will never advance or develop. It's a tragedy.

It seems our choice now is whether we want tribal rule or rule by clerics, I think rule by clerics is much worse. The clerics become the new royalty rather than the tribal rulers, nothing changes other than clerics that actually believe the Koran, are more dangerous.

Odysseus
02-24-2011, 11:40 AM
It seems our choice now is whether we want tribal rule or rule by clerics, I think rule by clerics is much worse. The clerics become the new royalty rather than the tribal rulers, nothing changes other than clerics that actually believe the Koran, are more dangerous.

Agreed.

BTW, remember how when we invaded Iraq, the photo of Rumsfeld and Saddam shaking hands was posted just about everywhere? Why is it that when Qaddafi is slaughtering his people, this photo isn't prominently displayed in the media?

http://bigpeace.com/files/2011/02/ok.jpg

Rockntractor
02-24-2011, 11:44 AM
Agreed.

BTW, remember how when we invaded Iraq, the photo of Rumsfeld and Saddam shaking hands was posted just about everywhere? Why is it that when Qaddafi is slaughtering his people, this photo isn't prominently displayed in the media?

http://bigpeace.com/files/2011/02/ok.jpg

It's unusual to see him with a middle eastern leader not having his nose at pecker level!:confused: