Playing the hand you’ve been dealt.
I don’t know why everyone is so hard on Qaddafi these days. He officially represents “the road travelled” while Saddam is now a symol of “the road less travelled”. The choices are you either stand up to America or become the court jester.
I think dictatorships in the Arab world are a melting iceberg. The problem is when ice bergs melt the sea level usually rises and global warming follows. In other words, I’m not sure if the Arab world is ready for the consequences. Judging by Iraq I would say it’s not going as smoothly as predicted.
The Arab world is a house of cards that is on the verge of collapse.