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Libya (Qaddafi responding as dictators do)

With violence. It's important to remember, however, that the "violence," "anarchy," and "chaos" tropes are all disinformative, and in two ways: (1) The violence is always disproportionately visited on the weak, by the strong, and (2) on both sides, planning, both tactical and strategic, is constantly going on. That was especially evident in the Battle for Tahrir Square, but should be evident everywhere.

It's also important to remember that the Egyptian protesters never lost the initiative, and used non-violent tactics to keep it. I can't help but think that the different media environments in Egypt and Libya have a lot to do with this. There's no live camera pointed at a square named "Liberation" in Libya....

NOTE From the Barcalounger... It's even more important, if we take our writing seriously, to treat these posts as not academic. Imagine somebody took our pontificating seriously, and got killed. "Ideas matter," as conservatives are fond of saying. Why it's better, really, to be students in reality, than pose a teachers in areas where we have no direct knowledge or experience.