Civil War? Is there a Terminal Age for Tyranny?
Plato noted long ago that nothing is static in human governance. Governments evolve (or devolve) from ideal forms into degenerate ones. Monarchies become tyrannies become aristocracies become timocracies become oligarchies become democracies. (Plato didn’t think much of democracy, but that’s another story.)
Libya is now at center stage. By far the bloodiest confrontation of the current drama of unrest in the Middle East. Libya is said to be importing sub-Saharan mercenaries, possibly because native Libyan troops are seen as unreliable. Checkout realtime twitter feed and Phillip Brennan’s blog for a video. What this means for the future is unclear. North Africa is aflame and the global implications are serious. – carlos
February 19, 2011 | 12:38 pm
Embattled Libyan leader Muammar Kadafi has flown in hundreds of mercenaries from sub-Saharan Africa to quash protests threatening his 41-year-old regime, the Al Arabiya network reported Saturday, quoting witnesses to the arriving foreign recruits.
Protesters in Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city and an anti-Kadafi stronghold, captured some of the imported gunmen, the news agency said. The captured French-speaking mercenaries admitted to having been recruited by Kadafi’s son, Khamis, to confront the unrest threatening to topple one of the region’s longest-reigning regimes, Al Arabiya reported.
The agency said witnesses reported seeing four planes carrying mercenaries land in Benina International Airport near Benghazi. The British-based website jeel.libya.net reported earlier that several planes carrying foreign recruits in Libyan army uniforms landed at a military airport near Tripoli.
The crackdown on anti-Kadafi demonstrators has resulted in at least 84 deaths, the New York-based Human Rights Watch reported from sources in the region.
— Carol J. Williams