The tribes against the bunker
By Pepe Escobar
Feb. 26, 2011
Libya’s is a tribal revolution. It was not, and it is not, being led by young urban intellectuals, like in Egypt, or by the working class (most of it in fact composed of foreign workers).
Even though the actors of the anti-Muammar Gaddafi uprising may be a mix of ordinary Libyans, educated and/or unemployed youth, a section of the urban middle classes and defectors from the army and the security services, what trespasses all them is the tribe. Even the Internet, in the Libyan chapter of the great 2011 Arab revolt, has not been an absolutely decisive actor.
Libya is tribal from A to Z. There are 140 tribes (qabila), 30 of them key, one of them – Warfalla – boasting 1 million people (out of a population of 6.2 million). (etc.)
This is the most amazing article that describes the tribal affiliations in Libya that have turned against Qaddafi (Gadhafi). We,, worth reading – very insightful and well-written. Amazing.
From a very good Reuters article about the situation in Libya –
“International diplomats say some 2,000 or more people have been killed. The U.N. Security Council draft, drawn up by Britain and France, said the attacks on civilians in Libya may amount to crimes against humanity.”
World powers struggle to find way to stop Gaddafi – Reuters