A very intersting civil war is developing in Libya, where things never did quite settle down after Qadaffi was outsted. An intra-Arab cold war seems to be developing, with Qatar helping an Islamist faction while Egypt and the UAE are helping a nationalist faction. The UAE seemingly did some air strikes on the Islamist faction from Egyptian air bases; both countries are mum on the accusation.
One thing about this scuffle is that it brings up cities that bring echos of the African campaign of WWII.
In another development on Monday, Libya's previous Islamist-dominated parliament reconvened and voted to disband the country's interim government. Correspondents say it leaves Libya with two rival parliaments, each backed by armed factions.
Elections in June saw the old General National Congress (GNC), where Islamists had a strong voice, replaced by the House of Representatives, dominated by liberals and federalists. The GNC, which reconvened in Tripoli on Monday, has refused to acknowledge the legitimacy of its successor assembly, which is based in Tobruk.
I recall a story in one of my history books about an Aussie contingent trapped by German forces in Tobruk. They held out far longer than they should have against Rommel's better-equipped force, earning them the nickname the Rats of Tobruk. The nickname was originally a putdown from German propaganda, but the Aussies made it their own.
One could picture the Islamists recasting that old tag seven decades on, but they'd likely call them dogs rather than rats to give the proper Muslim spin on the issue.