Libya is the latest Middle Eastern or North African country to witness a people's uprising against dictatorship. But taking on Colonel Moammar Gadhafi has had much harsher - and more immediate - consequences for Libyan dissidents than it did for the Egyptians.
Egyptians were killed and injured during the protests in their country, but the reports out of Libya suggest a massacre. Mercenaries roaming the streets, mortar shells being launched into crowds, indiscriminate killings. Hundreds confirmed dead, thousands injured.
So why is the uprising in Libya unfolding so differently than the Egyptian revolution of a mere few weeks ago? Marc Ginsberg can help us sort that out. He's a retired United States Ambassador to Morocco, and has considerable in the Middle East and North Africa, including Libya.