The polished Libyan apprentice

The polished Libyan apprentice

Several years ago I sat next to Seif al-Islam Gadhafi at a luncheon in Davos and listened in astonishment as he extolled the virtues of the Israeli military.

Why did the tiny Jewish state defeat its enemies time and again? Because, he explained, the Israeli army is not top-heavy with generals the way Arab armies typically are. Israeli non-commissioned officers know how to take the initiative without clear orders from the top. And mid-ranking officers don’t while away the hours scheming to take over the state.

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Bret Stephens is a columnist for ‘The Wall Street Journal’.

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