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Where Qaddafi Failed, Islam Will Succeed

Let’s face it: Qaddafi was a failure. He was looking for unity in all the wrong places: Arab unity, African unity, “third-world” unity. In his doomed quest for unity, Qaddafi was a failed idealist. “Arab”-ness is just another nationalism, another form of empty identity politics. “African-ness” and “Third Worldness” are no better. Africa has two thousand different languages and cultures. The Third World has even more. Qaddafi also failed to survive and carve out a niche for himself as a head of state to be reckoned with. He failed to win the West as an ally, despite all his concessions…