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Libya and the weapons of mass destruction

 

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Roger Hardy:

Colonel Gaddafi may have had his own, Libyan, reasons for taking his surprise decision. But he must also have been aware that it would remind his fellow-Arabs of their collective weakness in the face of an assertive American superpower.

After all, the Libyan leader had seized power in 1969 as a champion of a radical form of Arab nationalism. He'd seen himself as the political heir of the Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel-Nasser, who'd captured Arab hearts with his defiance of the West and his calls for Arab unity. But those heady days are long gone. Now each Arab state is left pursuing its own self-interest.

VOCABULARY

  • to have a reason for doing something - mít k něčemu důvod

  • may have had his own Libyan reasons - musel mít nějaké čistě lybijské důvody

  • in the face of - dát do protikladu, oproti

  • to capture hearts - získat si srdce

  • to seize power - chopit se, zmocnit se moci

  • fellow-Arabs - obvykle lidi stejné rasy nebo ze stejné země, kteří uznávají stejné hodnoty - bratři Arabové

  • collective weakness - společně sdílená slabost
  • a call for - volat po něčem

  • long gone - dávno pryč
 
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