Skip to comments.In lawless Libya, Egypt's Sisi becomes a star
Posted on 05/27/2014 7:09:04 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Many Libyans compare the bumpy transition of both Arab neighbors since their "Arab spring" revolutions in 2011.
Both have seen political unrest, though Egypt avoided anarchy like its neighbor where four decades of quirky one-man rule and an eight-month civil war destroyed state institutions.
Enemies denounce Sisi as the author of Egypt's toughest crackdown in decades after ousting Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last year.
But many Libyans say Mursi's removal was a blessing ending a chaotic year in power comparable to their unproductive government and parliament, dominated by an Islamist party allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, which failed to stop armed militias carving out their own fiefdoms.
"We have the same situation in Egypt and Libya with terrorists attacking police and army," said Asma Sarbia, an independent Libyan lawmaker.
"The Egyptian army's war on terrorists has made many Libyans look up to military institutions as savior from assassinations and explosions," she said.
Now some also draw parallels to renegade former Libyan army general, Khalifa Haftar, who has declared war on Islamists and attacked militants in Benghazi in the east with his irregular forces. Some already call him "Libya's Sisi".
Gunmen who claimed loyalty to Haftar attacked the parliament in Tripoli a week ago to demand lawmakers hand over power, though the congress voted to support a new premier backed by the Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday.
Some military units pledge their loyalty.
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Libya had a strong man. He was a bad guy — but there was order.
Libya had a strong man. He was a bad guy but there was order.
After Gulf War 1, he cooperated with the west. He even opened up his weapons for inspection to prove he didn’t have WMDs.
The people of Libya were far better off before obama helped the muslim brotherhood overthrow Libya’s government. It is shameful for obama to be sponsoring terrorists.
Destabilizing Libya was criminally stupid.
Or maybe just criminal.