June 24, 2014

Beware Libya's 'Fair Dictator'

Ibrahim Sharqieh, New York Times

The Associated Press

In the midst of this bleak situation, a Libyan general, Khalifa Hifter, has emerged and appointed himself as the rescuer of the deeply divided country. While he seems to respond to the desire of my friend and many Libyans for a “fair dictator” to lead the country through its troubled transitional period, General Hifter also raises the specter of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s infamous 1969 coup and the collective agony that followed. Many Libyans are therefore asking, is General Hifter the sought-after savior or just another dictator?

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