When Farce Becomes Tragedy

The intervention in Libya is farce, but from Israel’s perspective, some of the tragic elements also appear to be recurring.

By AMIEL UNGAR
May 9, 2011 17:26
4 minute read.
Farce and Tragedy

marx and sad_521(do not publish again). (photo credit: Avi Katz)

 
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IT WAS KARL MARX WHO once opined: “History repeats itself first as tragedy, second as farce.” If one were to compare “Desert Storm,” the first Gulf war against Saddam Hussein in 1991, with “Odyssey Dawn,” the current parodic allied intervention in Libya, Marx would be half right: The intervention in Libya is farce, but from Israel’s perspective, some of the tragic elements also appear to be recurring.

Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi is no Saddam Hussein. He did not employ poison gas against a neighboring country and against his own citizens. He did not threaten to change the regional balance of power the way Saddam did when he marched into Kuwait in August 1990, with the idea of creating a petro-dollar empire that would fuel his military ambitions. The coalition arrayed against him was also more impressive. Muslim states from Bangladesh to Morocco sent forces, as did Syria and Egypt.

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