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the Manchus ruled over the last imperial Chinese dynasty).

(I don't think that we (the West) should put too much weight on what the rebels would or would not accept in this regard, since the West is footing the bill and conducting most of the military operations that have degraded MG's military capabilities...

if the rebels insist on soldier on without Western aid (no more NATO and no more NADO (North Atlantic dough)), then be my guest!

In the meantime, the new capital of Libya could, as part of the agreement, be temporarily relocated to Benghazi (but stipulated to return to Tripoli with the "reunification" of the country), while Tripoli serves as the "capital" of semi-autonomous, western Libya.

Anyone who can think outside the box can easily get his/ her head around this concept, and I am confident that there are clever people both inside and outside of Libya who can figure out the right composition of incentives, including an equitable sharing of state revenues, that would keep both eastern and western Libya interested in an eventual reunification.

I think that the Russo-Bollweevil : ) Libyan peace proposal is an excellent initiative, for all the good reasons enumerated below in Odd Things Considered.

the Qing Dynasty rulers were a Turkic people who invaded China from the north (from Manchuria), originally as the Jürchens, who would form the short-lived Jürchen Jin Dynasty in 1115 (this was on the heels of the Norman conquest of England, just to provide a bit of international historical timeline perspective), but who would be challenged by the Khitans, yet another Turkic tribe invading China from the north and west, though both of these lesser Turkic tribes would be thoroughly routed by Genghis Khan and his Mongol Horde...

yet, the Jürchens would have the final word, as it were, being reborn as the Manchus, and would go on to defeat the Han Chinese Ming Dynasty in 1644, which dynasty had, in its turn, defeated the Mongol Yuan Dynasty in 1368...

I agree with my president and with my favorite congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi, that the low level of US engagement in Libya does not qualify as a war.

Now I have yet another reason to resist any temptation to formalize the US' participation in that conflict as a war, namely, that a declaration of war - or any other description of the hostilities between the US and Libya that are formalized by the US Congress - might tie the hands of the US, making it more difficult for the US to go along with a political solution to the conflict in Libya that in some way paves the way for Ghaddafi's continued presence in his country (yes, after all, Ghaddafi was born there, and, until very recently, everybody, including many heads of state who are now demanding Ghaddafi's head on a platter, recognized him as the country's legitimate leader! But perhaps that is precisely why the URP, being so ideologically challenged as it is, is trying to force President Obama to let Congress declare war on Libya (or at least on that part of Libya under Ghaddafi's control)?


) Lastly, at last the tourism potential of Libya could begin to be realized in earnest, where everyone who can afford it would be heading in droves to see Libya's Roman ruins - the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world, according to the BBC - and the revenue generated from this new initiative might even outstrip the revenue generated by the sale of oil; it would at least expand the country's "egg basket". Did I mention that the envisioned peace deal would stop the pesky flow of refugees into Europe???Moreover, given the massive destruction that the hostilities have hitherto wreaked upon western Libya, the reconstruction of Western Libya would provide jobs for Libyans for a decade to come, if not more (NATO can increase this horizon by intensifying the destruction prior to the signing of the peace agreement - heck, NATO could even stimulate job creation in eastern Libya by accidentally bombing relevant sites there (talk about creative destruction! When I saw Muammar Ghaddafi on TV recently playing chess with the president of the international chess federation, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov*, I just had to give the guy credit for having balls, and for being media savvy enough to appreciate the value - in the eyes at least of non-American Westerners (Americans are sometimes just too seriously crusade-fixated) - of such non-acrimonious nonchalance (but maybe MG's seemingly nonchalant, impromptu chess match was deliberately and carefully staged so as to serve as a muleta dangled in front of the self-blindered raging bull, the USA? * Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is a Kalmyk (alternatively written as Kalmuk), a small member tribe of the larger Oirat (think: Mongolic) tribe that hails from Dzungaria, or the northern half of China's Xinjiang Province (or Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where the present-day Uyghurs live, who, though they, like the Mongolic people, are a Turkic people, are not related to the Dzungars, the latter of whom clashed on two occasions with the Chinese Qing government during the late 17th century, ending in a victory for the Dzungar chieftan, Galdan, the first time, in 1690, but in a definitive Qing victory the second time, in 1696, where the Chinese emperor himself, Emperor Kangxi, led the Qing forces against Galdan...


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