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Gen Tlas has been under a form of house arrest since May 2011 because he opposed the security solution that the regime has been implementing, sources say.
My guess is that anyone Sunni Arab in any kind of senior role is a figurehead supervised by an Alawite (political) commissar. In other words, he gets a slice of the graft but not the power associated with his position.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2012-07-06 17:01||
#5 Dictators don't have any friends. They can't afford them.
They don't get much in the way of retirement benefits either. No gold watch for Assad. Well, I used to say Qdaffy should have found himself a nice little dacha on the outskirts of Moscow. But he waited too long to go for it. Maybe someday soon we'll get to see if Pencilneck is any smarter.
Posted by Ebbang Uluque6305 2012-07-06 18:32||
#6 Maybe someday soon we'll get to see if Pencilneck is any smarter.
If he can get Russia to ward off a NATO intervention, he will crush the rebels. Gaddafi's mistake was in cosying up to the West; his comeuppance was a matter of time after that. The world has discovered that the West will support a Hitler as long as he comes to power via the ballot box.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2012-07-06 23:40||