Chad: Shotgun Union

Gaddafi's takeover stirs fear

In his vaunted ambition to establish a Saharan Islamic empire, Libyan Strongman Muammar Gaddafi has searched hard for a suitable first partner. In the eleven years since coming to power, he has at various times tried to woo Egypt, the Sudan, Syria and Tunisia into joining him in a "federation," "union" or "merger," all without any tangible success.

Thus the announcement last week that Libya would "merge" with its southern neighbor Chad would have been laughable were it not for one formidable difference: a Libyan military occupation already in...

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