September 07, 2009
Ibn Kafka on Libya and Morocco
An interesting little note from Ibn Kafka on the Mor-Libyan "misunderstanding" Kadhafi humilie le Maroc – quelle sera la réaction marocaine?
(French of course)
A quick comment on one tiny item in this long post, on the paragraph(s) recapping the list of Libyan economic interests and investment in Morocco (including in W. Sahara region...):
Les paradoxes ne manquent pas, et la seule chose qui est sûre c’est que tant le Maroc et l’Algérie se tromperaient à prêter un quelconque crédit aux revirements incessants de la Libye, qui semble ces dernières années fonctionner surtout en fonction de ses intérêts économiques.While I think Bou Kafka is right that Morocco and Algeria are foolish to put much weight on any given (emphemeral) Libyan policy or position (relative to any subject really), I don't believe one can propose that Libyan policy functions "above all in function of its economic interests." Occasionally, yes, but above all? Or perhaps, the only potential coherent line is a favouring of economic interests, although without particularly being consistent.
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Personal economic interests of the Brother Leader though, maybe. E.g., his personal (family's) economic involvement in Tunisia succeeded in preventing him from imposing one of those mood swing driven visas.
Posted by: Shaheen at September 7, 2009 12:32 PM
Well, personal economic interest is a moderately more defensible argument. ... Mood swing driven visas, I like that.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at September 7, 2009 12:41 PM
Well, maybe I wouldn't say "above all," but I'd say that what motivates any official Libya policy is either economic interest or "Brother Leader" trying to be consistent with that moment's ideology.
Or punishing a country (switzerland) for taking appropriate legal action against his son.
Posted by: kato at September 8, 2009 12:00 AM