My former colleague in Ghana, Daniel Morris, has written a provocative column about the abilities of Libya’s Kadafi to benefit from sowing disorder and confusion. Kdafi’s role in Africa remains a sideshow to his image in the U.S. as a repugnant moral monster. Yet as Morris adroitly shows, Kadafi’s tactics have kept him in power for 40 years. Whether these tactics amount to the propagation of “disorder,” as Morris contends, or whether Kadafi actually is orchestrating a different kind of order, is almost besides the point since his consistent capacity to both profit from the West, and seemingly despise it, offers African leaders to the south of the Sahara another model in approaching the rhetoric and symbolism of democracy and development.
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