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When Elephants Fight, It is the Grass that Suffers

September 2, 2011

I’m about to hop on a plane for a long weekend in Oklahoma (go ahead, sing the song), but I wanted to draw your attention to a Telegraph article this morning about an 11-year-old boy who was killed by celebratory gunfire in Tripoli. Eleven years old. I don’t have words.

Of deeper concern, however, is paras 3-4:

Rebel officials are concerned about the sheer scale of weaponry in the country. A major in the Gaddafi army who went over to the rebels at the start of the uprising told The Daily Telegraph yesterday that there were already 15 million Kalashnikovs, Bereta machine guns and other light arms in Libya when he was running inventories – more than two for every man, woman and child.

As his regime crumbled, Col Gaddafi handed many of these out to citizens he thought were loyal, without keeping any records. In addition to all those are the many more brought in by rebels themselves, many supplied by Qatar, France and other members of the anti-Gaddafi coalition.

This isn’t going to be the last of these stories we’ll read. Revenge killing is almost assured, if the falling bullets don’t get there first.

One Comment
  1. September 2, 2011 7:59 am

    “Bereta [sic] machine guns”? Beretta assault rifles (AR 70 / BM59)? Or Breda machine guns (Model 30 etc.)?

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