February 28, 2011
Libyan Berbers Revolt
Not in any way surprising, given Qadhdhafi's repression of Berbers: Libya's Berbers join the revolution in fight to reclaim ancient identity | World news | The Guardian
Libya's Berbers join the revolution in fight to reclaim ancient identityQadhdhafi's senseless repression of Berbers always has puzzled me, however.
Mountain tribes in the west, also called Amazigh, unite with opposition after decades of Gaddafi repressing their identity
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"Qadhdhafi's senseless [fill-in-blank] always has puzzled me, however."
Posted by: matthew h at February 28, 2011 06:56 PM
You could stop after the first two words, really.
Posted by: Dubaiwalla at March 1, 2011 12:49 AM
Well, it may be that I have always had a soft spot for the Guide (I have), despite his brutality, but most of his repression has made sense to me. Evil, but sensible.
The Anti Berber angle however, puzzles.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at March 1, 2011 04:08 AM
Could it be here the more "normal" irrationalities of mankind, simple unquestioning inherited bigotry?
Posted by: matthew h at March 1, 2011 09:32 AM
I confess my ignorance here, but... On this type of issue, I have noticed that a focus on a specific section of the population is often the result of bias, rather than real targetting. That is, it is often the case that when some say "minority X has no rights in Arabdictatoristan", it could in fact be generally said about the whole population, "Arabdictatoristanians have no such rights anyway". So, is there really something specific about the Amazigh here?
Well, the Amazigh aren't an important constituency to him anyway, so why bother with appeasing them? It probably made more sense opinion-wise to (1) not change a set policy (2) court chauvinist sentiment among the majority. If even a small segment of the Arab population thought repressing Libyan Berbers is good, that's a net win for him.
One shouldn't underestimate the ideology factor either. The Green Book is very explicit about the importance of national cohesion, and refers to minorities as being failed nations.
Posted by: alle at March 1, 2011 05:27 PM