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The Mad Dog of the Middle East

By Gwynne Dyer      

When all the options are bad, you must choose the least bad, and maybe Khalifa Haftar is it. And think how many people would rejoice in his victory: Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Muhammad bin Salman, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and Emmanuel Macron. If all those wise men like it, who are we to say otherwise?

The ‘Mad Dog of the Middle East,' as Ronald Reagan once called Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, is on the brink of achieving his life’s ambition: becoming the dictator of Libya, writes Gywnne Dyer. Screen capture photograph courtesy Africa News

LONDON, U.K.—The ‘Mad Dog of the Middle East,’ as Ronald Reagan once called Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, is on the brink of achieving his life’s ambition: becoming the dictator of Libya. He’s a rather old mad dog by now (75), but after a two-month siege, his troops are starting to break through the defences of the country’s capital, Tripoli.

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