Libyan honor, Libyan Oil

Writing in the Chicago Tribune, Gal Luft, of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, provides an insight into the Arab/Muslim mentality; its insistence on honor, and its persistence at defending it no matter the cost, to explain Scotland's and England's capitulation in the early release of the Lockerbie plane terrorist bomber to Libya. An earlier incident regarding Libya provides an instructive lesson. Last year Gaddafi's son, Hannibal, who had "a rich criminal record in several European countries" was arrested in Switzerland for beating his wife. Acceptable in Libya perhaps but not in Switzerland. An angry Gaddafi demanded that the Swiss drop the charges and apologize; the Swiss agreed to the former but not the latter and Hannibal departed for Libya. Thus began the "Hannibal's war," as diplomats call it, an economic and diplomatic jihad against Switzerland. First, Gaddafi cut his oil supply to Switzerland (Libya supplies some 20 percent of Switzerland's...(Read Full Post)