Cracks showing in Libyan oppositionSubmitted by cactus1010 on Mon, 10/24/2011 - 11:41
Michael Rubin, a former adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, says the United States should choose the group it prefers and back that faction with money and diplomatic support.
"There's going to be a conflict anyway," says Rubin, a senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School. "The Saudis are going to be giving billions of dollars. The question is: Are we going to play the game for influence or are we going to forfeit? To play the game, it's going to cost cold, hard cash."
Others say the multitude of weapons left over from Gadhafi's regime could allow some factions to try and dominate others. Mansour El-Kikhia, a Libyan-born professor of politics at the University of Texas-San Antonio, says the U.S. should back away from the volatile situation.
Considering that such countries as Qatar and Saudi Arabia are funneling money and weapons to extremist Islamist militias, El-Kikhia says, "the best thing the U.S. can do is say, 'Hands off Libya; let the democratic process develop on its own,'"