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If Qaddafi sets the nurses and the doctor free, he not only risks spontaneous riots, but on the longer term, a loss of popular respect for/trust in both his judiciary and the medical services. This would be bad for him -- and bad for his bureaucracy, to make the picture depend on more than one person.

So either he finds a face-saving alternative, and the EU recognises it, doesn't bar it for him and presses him in that direction, or only a much much stronger confrontation would work (which the EU may not be up to even on the level of capabilities).

At any rate, on a broader view, getting off oil and gas is not only a question of climate change but moral politics.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Apr 3rd, 2007 at 08:07:42 AM EST
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