The Libyan conflict in comparison to the Second World War (written in 2011)

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The Libyan conflict in comparison to the Second World War

When hearing the news about the protests and conflicts in Tunisia and Egypt, I immediately saw links to the Second World War. It is now a few months later, and the protest has spread. Now the situation shows other differences and similarities with the situation about seventy-five years ago. One of the striking elements is that Hitler and many Arabic leaders show similar ways of ruling.

So, when you compare the Arabic revolts and conflicts with the Second World War, you can conclude that people cannot be suppressed by their leaders forever.

How long have people been suppressed, and why?

Both Hitler and the Arabic leaders use fear to suppress the people. In Germany, Hitler arrested people when they helped Jews, which stopped people who were not against Jews from helping them. Hitler could do this for only about five years in Germany and the countries he conquered, but the Arabic leaders have been bringing fear to their people for many years.

But how could these leaders suppress their people like this? Why did the people not react immediately?

The two leaders that I chose to compare are the ones who, I think, belong to the most important conflicts and protests. Firstly, in Libya, where the conflict has escalated and the UN is intervening, Muammar Gaddafi is in power for about 42 years now. Secondly, Adolf Hitler led Germany from March 1933 till April 1945, a period of "only" 12 years. Gadaffi came to power by promising the people nice things, and he could rule this long because of the fear he brought to people. Everyone who did not agree to him was executed. People were very afraid of him, but when they did start to protest, Gadaffi...