There is really a broader problem here. The problem is that, since the fall of Gadhafi, the authorities are relying not on their own security forces, because they don’t have any. They have subcontracted security to militias and armed groups because they need someone to step in. But those very forces are the ones that are fueling the instability and the violence. So, in some ways, it is a vicious circle.
— Robert Malley, Crisis Group’s Middle East and North Africa Program Director, on security in Libya, in “The Nature of Muslim Protests and Police Response to Disorder”, PBS NewsHour
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