USF Expert Weighs in on Gadhafi's Death

USF Dept. of Govt. & Intl. Affairs Chair, Dr. Mohsen Milani, speaks to reporters on USF's Tampa campus
TAMPA (2011-20-10) -

A USF professor who is one of the leading experts on political issues in the Middle East is speaking out on the killing of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and the future of the country he leaves behind.

Mohsen Milani says that, now, in the absence of a man who ruled Libya with an iron fist for over forty years, the truly hard work is just beginning.

"He destroyed oppositional political parties, he did not allow the normal growth of the civil society, and therefore, all these new political parties, new political forces, do not know how to cooperate with one another, they do not know how to operate under a democratic or a sort of a representative environment, and that is why I say I am cautiously, cautiously optimistic.”

The chair of USF's Department of Government and International Affairs adds that this news sends two different messages to the Middle East.

While it should encourage pro-democratic forces, Milani says leaders in countries like Bahrain and Syria should regard Gadhafi's death as a wake-up call.

"This is a war, and if you compromise, your fate is going to be no different than the fate of Gadhafi. Therefore, (Syrian President) Bashar Assad and the King of Bahrain (Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa) are going to become even more repressive and less willing to compromise with the oppositional forces."

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