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After Arab Spring, strongmen surging in Northern Africa.

Africa Security News.- Lybian strongman General Khalifa Haftar speaks during a news conference near Benghazi, May 21, 2014.

Africa Security News.- Lybian strongman General Khalifa Haftar speaks during a news conference near Benghazi, May 21, 2014.

SO-called freedom activists are beating their chests over the landslide victory of Field Marshall Abdel-Fatah El-Sissi, set to be inaugurated as Egypt’s new president next week. And they perceive the Libyan people’s backing of Gen. Khalifa Hiftar’s anti-militia onslaught as a step back from their revolutionary goals. The idea of strongmen prioritizing stability over individual freedoms is anathema to many, but the stark truth is that western-style democracy cannot flourish amid a climate of violence. GO TO SOURCE