I colonized their country, massacred them with poison gas and herded them into concentration camps..and they honored me with the “Sword of Islam!–Defender of all Moslems!” (against British and French Imperialism) (seen above) Then they lined the streets to cheer me.
Sounds insane and even hilarious, I know. But before you go off on “those stupid ragheads!” consider that: Soviet satraps Fidel Castro and Che Guevara reduced Cubans to a serfdom and subservience to Soviets they had never shown even the Spanish crown–much less Yankee businessmen and diplomats. And yet millions upon millions upon millions of Latin Americans (including Cubans!) hail these Soviet stooges as “Defenders of all Lateenos against Yankee Imperialism!” So before you unload on “STUPID RAGHEADS!”– look around your own backyard.
Point is, unlike us Italians in our heyday, you Americans shower Libyans with millions in foreign aid–and look at your reward! My cousins who emigrated to New York always told me you Americans were kinda crazy. Sounds like you definitely need to consult some different Libya experts.
(P.S. My cousins, like me, are NORTHERN Italians–so no, they didn’t live in those slums around that Corleone, Fanucci, Sollazo, Tattaglia bunch–that Sicilian and Neopolitan riff-raff you Americans saw in Godfather and equate with all Italians.)