Thanks to Gregory for the interesting e-mail. I have heard that in
Africa a person's tribe is more important than country so I guess its
the same in other parts of the world. I suspect Mobuto in Zaire was
able to hold that large country (a.k.a. Congo) by the same kind of
brute strength and after his demise there were years of civil, tribal
I'm wondering if Syria is the same way. Didnt Assad (father of the
current ruler) use strong arm, Saddam-style tactics against the
civilians in Syria?