At just about every bank we saw, there were long lines of men and women waiting for the cash handouts that Col. Moammar Gadhafi had just announced.I wish he'd make up his mind whether he wants to shoot the people or pay them. But hey, what do I know about being a third world dictator? By shooting first, he's thinned out the herd of people who would jump for a check for 2 months wages. Further, I would expect that those not shot by the government are put into a "correct" frame of mind when they're in line to get paid by the government.
The leader was giving each family 500 dinars, the equivalent of about $450. For most people here, that covers salary for a month or two.
The only difference for America might be the reversal of the order.