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Violence in Libya

2011-03-02

Louis Delvoie, a Senior Fellow at the Queen’s University Centre for International Relations and a former Canadian ambassador, is available to talk about the uprising and violent crackdown in Libya.

Mr Delvoie – a career diplomat who served as the Canadian ambassador to Pakistan (1991-94) and Algeria (1980-82) – is not surprised Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is reacting far more violently than leaders in Egypt or Tunisia.

“Gaddafi’s armed forces are not part of the national fabric. They are far more loyal to him than the people of Libya. It’s not like in Egypt where the army felt loyal to the country and not to Mubarak. If Gaddafi is overthrown, most of the army leadership will also be overthrown. By violently saving Gaddafi’s regime, the soldiers are also saving themselves,” Mr. Delvoie says.

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