[Marxism] In Tripoli

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 19 07:36:21 MDT 2019

On 7/19/19 9:32 AM, Louis Proyect via Marxism wrote:
> Haftar, an army officer under Gaddafi and later a CIA asset who lived in 
> northern Virginia for twenty years, has been accruing international 
> backing and expanding his territory at the head of the self-styled 
> Libyan National Army (LNA). Arguing that the country is not ready for 
> democracy, Haftar promises order through authoritarian rule. He is also 
> a dedicated anti-Islamist. There are three options for Islamists in 
> Libya, he told me when I met him in 2014: dead, in prison or out of the 
> country. On 4 April this year he launched an assault on the 
> internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in 
> Tripoli, announcing that he was cleaning the city of corrupt militias 
> and Islamists. Such pledges are a thin cover for a power grab; the 
> United Nations envoy for Libya has called it a ‘coup’. In any case, 
> Haftar’s LNA includes a number of tribal and Salafist militias, who are 
> mired in corruption themselves.

Go to https://www.lrb.co.uk/ and find the article "In Tripoli" on the 
home page.

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