Egypt’s Strategic Depth in Libya

This is yet another glimpse of how complicate the political landscape has become in Northern Africa and the Near East following the Arab Spring of 2011. For the student of history it has much in common with the Balkans before WWI: multiple larger powers jockeying for political advantage using small sects, groups, tribes and factions. It only took a Serbian Army pistol in the hands of a 19 year old Serbian nationalist/terrorist, Gavrilo Princip, to move the major European powers to mobilize and begin 4 years of massive bloodshed. All in the name of defense of national borders and containment of terrorism/Anarchism/Socialism/Imperialism.

 

Gavrilo Princip, prison, infobox crop.jpg   Gavrilo Princip (25 July 1894 – 28 April 1918) was a Bosnian Serb member of Young Bosnia, a Serbian group seeking an end to Austro-Hungarian rule in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914, setting off a chain of events that would lead to outbreak of the First World War.

 

Egypts Strategic Depth in Libya