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LIBYA IS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER FOR TEENAGE ARMS DEALERS
Vice.com ^ | August 22, 2013 | Wil Crisp

Posted on 08/22/2013 8:58:52 PM PDT by Pan_Yan

The gun sellers on Tripoli's Al Rashid Street are doing a brisk trade. They’re chatting and laughing and all look like they’re about 17 years old. Younger boys are playing near the stalls, some of them riding BMXs and weaving in and out of the tables that comprise the weapons section of the Libyan capital's central marketplace.

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Six months ago the stalls here were laden with fireworks, as the city saw euphoric celebrations marking the two-year anniversary of the revolution. Libyans were overflowing with optimism and enthusiastically talking of the progress their country had made since Muammar Gaddafi was deposed, captured, and killed. But since then progress has stalled and the euphoria has disappeared. Many of the locally organized militias that helped to oust Gaddafi refused to disarm, preferring to stay strapped and cast themselves in the role of "guardians of the revolution." Broadly speaking, the country remains split in two. On one side are the relatively liberal federalists from the north-western city of Zintan and their pals from the oil-rich Eastern province of Cyrenaica. On the other are the strutting Spartans of the war-ravaged city of Misrata and their allies in the Muslim Brotherhood, who are currently trying and failing to lead a central Libyan government in Tripoli.

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"After the revolution we thought we were going to become the next Dubai or Abu Dhabi," a neighbor grumbles, as we discuss the shooting. "We’ve got the largest oil reserves in Africa and just six million people. We should all be rich, but this country is self-destructing."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: libya

1 posted on 08/22/2013 8:58:52 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

You mean the Libyan Spring is a bust too? /s


2 posted on 08/22/2013 9:02:52 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Pan_Yan
Egyptian Rasheed Rifle. Odd bugger.


3 posted on 08/22/2013 9:04:45 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Pan_Yan

When you remove the iron fist that maintains “order” in North Africa, it becomes very apparent that this region does not support the political constructs that are familiar in the West. Democracy, the rule of secular law, individual and minority rights, peaceful transitions of power, separation of church and state are not consistent with the endemic values of the people. When the US and the EU attempt to “aid” the few Western oriented secularists to construct Western style political institutions, the efforts and the states fail. Western entanglement in the internal affairs of these countries has proved to be very counter productive. Best to leave them all alone.


4 posted on 08/22/2013 9:27:22 PM PDT by allendale
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To: mylife

looks like they copied an sks for the most part.


5 posted on 08/22/2013 9:57:30 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: allendale

Not to mention Lybia was a middle class country. They had their wide HDTVs and fancy SUVs before some teenage idiots switched from COD to Youtube jihad propaganda in their basements. There is no evil dictator to issue them food stamps and other free stuff anymore.


6 posted on 08/22/2013 10:28:34 PM PDT by cunning_fish
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To: mylife
You mean the Libyan Spring is a bust too? /s

Oh no - tell me it's not true... /s

7 posted on 08/23/2013 4:58:02 AM PDT by GOPJ (- - NSA - The only part of government that actually listens...Joe Kovacs)
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