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Gadaffi’s Fin de Régime

Friday, February 25, 2011

The violent demise of the Middle East’s longest-ruling leader — who came to office in September 1969, just a few months after Richard Nixon — stands well outside the mainstream of the region’s politics, but then Moammar Gaddafi always did.

Gaddafi (for the record, the correct spelling of his name is Mu‘ammar al-Qadhdhāfi) began his rule at the tender age of 27, just as Pan-Arabist ideology was dying down; undeterred, long after others had given up on this fantasy, he remained a proponent of the notion of turning all Arabic countries into one gigantic whole. Eventually frustrated with Arabic-speakers, where the small population of Libya limited his influence, he turned south, where his outsize energy income gave him real clout in Africa.

Continue reading Daniel Pipes at National Review Online