now that the msm — including cnn and the huffpost! — have caught up to hbd chick re. the importance of tribes in libya (~_^) …
In Libya, it’s all about the tribes – “In Libya, the real power is in its tribal system.”
Libya’s tribal politics key to Gaddafi’s fate – “[I]n Libya it is the much more opaque and complex tribal power structures that could decide how events play out.”
Navigating Libya’s tribal maze – “Intricate tribal structure plays a crucial role in both Libyan politics and the current pro-democracy opposition.”
Libya’s Tribal Revolt May Mean Last Nail in Coffin for Qaddafi – “Tribal loyalties form the bedrock of Libyan society.”
What’s With Libya? Who Are the Gaddafis? – “The tribes and clans still play a silent but powerful role….”
Tribalism is key to the country’s future – “‘It will be the tribal system that will hold the balance of power….'”
Libya tribes: Who’s who? – “[T]he North African nation’s more than 140 tribes and clans … will likely determine the political future of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.”
… i thought i’d take a moment to reiterate the points i made about tribes and tribalism in north africa and the middle east.
the msm media has now figured out that tribes in libya (and, in case they hadn’t noticed, in places like afghanistan and iraq) have a lot of POLITICAL power, which some of them are now wielding in order to oust gaddafi.
in my post on tribes in libya, i was just repeating what kurtz|sailer| parapundit had pointed out about iraq several years ago now — that the existence of tribes in a place has SOCIAL repercussions.
i.e. because of the heavy inbreeding within the extended families|clans| tribes in libya (afghanistan, iraq, yemen, oman, egypt, etc…), the peoples of these places have divergent genetic interests and, therefore, do NOT get along. clans and tribes have been battling each other for centuries in these places. nepotism is rife in all of them — they favor their own ’cause they are MORE related to their relations than we are to ours. democracy in such societies doesn’t have a chance in hades.
THIS is the issue with tribes in these regions — the core reason why countries in north africa and the middle east are not going to develop into western-style democratic nations (not that there’s anything wrong with that!). not anytime soon, anyway.
“To enable one country to appreciate what another people really thinks and desires is both the most difficult and the most vital task which confronts us.” [John Bagot Glubb, Britain and the Arabs: A Study of Fifty Years 1908-1958.]
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