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March 2, 2011

Ruthlessness Works

Gadhafi is ruthless. The difference between him and the fallen Hosni Mubarak is night and day.
At no time, through the 30 years of his presidency of Egypt, was Mubarak capable of murdering a million of his countrymen to retain power. At no time during his 42 years of power in Libya, has Gadhafi not been capable of doing so. Individuals do have a role in history. Yet here we come up against a hard fact of life, beyond individuals; one which we must try to understand when looking forward -- not only in Libya, but perhaps throughout the realm of Islam. Ruthlessness works. And in almost every revolution in history, the most ruthless faction eventually triumphed. -- David Warren

Posted by Vanderleun at March 2, 2011 9:59 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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