biggest enemy was his own nation. He was only ever a member of the
super-rich Barca family and not the leader of Carthage itself. In a
sense he was a sort of Bond villain, privately funding his own ingenious
plan (Alps crossing + elephants = WTF?!?!) to bring Rome to heel.
the senators of Carthage found out H was on Italian soil they decided
not to send help, for fear he would be successful and return with
tyranny in mind.
What exactly did they think the Romans--the ROMANS mind--would do next once they'd kicked Hannibal out of Italy?
"Oh, I reckon they won't do anything, probably put the whole matter
down to experience and get on with their lives. Bunch of Dalai Lamas, the
Pricks didn't deserve Hannibal Barca. Yes, I know, it's been 2 and a 1/2 millenia and I should let it go but...