23 Feb '11, 9pm

Interesting read: AP: Gaddafi survival means weak army, co-opted tribes #Libya

CAIRO (AP) - Moammar Gadhafi never trusted his own army. So Libya's leader of 41 years kept his military weak to prevent any serious challenges to his rule. With money and patronage, he seeded supporters in key posts. He built up militias and armed "revolutionary committees" that are the final line of support for him and his powerful sons. They are expected to fight for him if the regular military forces turn against him. This is what is allowing him to hold onto the capital of Tripoli, while large parts of the vast, desert country outside the capital fall quickly to anti-government protesters. It's also why the uprising in Libya will not go the way of Egypt and Tunisia, where a disciplined, organized, military stepped in, pushed authoritarian leaders out and spared their nations serious turmoil. The uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia - Libya's neighbors to the east and west, ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110224-0000080/Gadhaf...

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