Entries Tagged as 'Libya'

After Gaddafi’s Rule, Libya Gets Sharia Law

October 28th, 2011 at 12:03 am 97 Comments

If George Bush’s adventures ended up handing Iraq on a silver platter to America’s enemies in Iran, President Obama’s softer and gentler imperialism has been the catalyst that stands to deliver North Africa into the hands of the anti-American Muslim Brotherhood. Dumb and Dumber could hardly ask for a better cast.

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Mob Rule Comes to Libya

October 24th, 2011 at 12:56 pm 15 Comments

If there was any doubt in my mind that the so-called Arab Spring was nothing more than a backdrop to a long winter freeze, that doubt was set aside by the gory scenes of the death of Col. Gaddafi, played again and again on TV networks. The mad dog of the Middle East was dead, but not before he was captured alive and subject to mob justice and public lynching that have become part of Arab heritage for the last 1,400 years.

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A Clownish Killer

October 21st, 2011 at 4:43 pm 43 Comments

It is perhaps a shame that no one will have a chance to interrogate Gaddafi and find out the details of his regime’s involvement in crimes like the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103, ed the equally appalling but less cited bringing down of UTA Flight 772 in 1989, online the bombing of the Berlin discothèque that led to Ronald Reagan’s air-strike on Tripoli, or his support for various terrorist groups.

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Good Riddance for Gaddafi

October 20th, 2011 at 12:31 pm 230 Comments

The most noteworthy aspect of the rebellion in Libya and today’s death of Muammar Gaddafi is that it took so long.

When the rebellion started last February — catching the world by surprise, since it was spontaneous and without advance planning — it was initially expected to be quick and decisive.

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The Libya Exception

October 20th, 2011 at 12:31 pm 15 Comments

Spencer Ackerman has written an amusing piece in which he predicts “The Post-Gadhafi Journalism You Will Read In the Next 72 Hours.” Ackerman offers up 10 examples of how well-known journalists, purchase pundits and publications are likely to use Gaddafi’s death to justify their own views, prescription ideologies and prejudices.

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Justice Now for the Lockerbie Bomber

August 31st, 2011 at 1:59 pm 27 Comments

It’s not necessary to have a conspiratorial mind, order to be suspicious or cynical about Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber, still being alive–albeit not thriving–in Libya.

The guy was supposed to be dead within three months of being released to Libya and Moammar Qaddafi in 2009 from a life sentence in Scotland on curious compassionate grounds.

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From Insurgency to Civil War

August 28th, 2011 at 11:37 pm 11 Comments

A giant portrait of Moammar Gaddafi is bullet-riddled on the wall of a building in the Bab al-Aziziyah district in Tripoli, Libya.  The professional soldiers of the world and students of irregular warfare have just enjoyed a rare opportunity: ringside seats of a successful guerrilla insurgency, fully documented via the modern electronic media phenomenon of the Information Era. I say ‘students of irregular warfare’ and not ‘experts’ because I was taught that there are no experts in anything, only serious students.

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Don’t Expect Democracy in Libya

August 25th, 2011 at 12:12 pm 19 Comments

From the widespread reaction, you’d think the collapse of Muammar Qaddafi’s regime in Libya was a World War II-type victory.

In fact it took six months of U.S., Canadian, British, French and NATO air strikes–most of the target practice with no return fire–before the “rebels”  broke through to Tripoli.

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The Freedom Agenda Gets Vindicated

August 23rd, 2011 at 8:50 am 112 Comments

George W. Bush’s place in the pantheon of celebrated American presidents is far from secure. Nevertheless, the collapse of Muammar Qaddafi’s regime in Libya sheds new light on President Bush’s vigorous support for democratic values across the entire Middle East.

An Obama administration starved of good news will likely seek and receive credit for helping topple the dictatorship, but his predecessor deserves substantial credit for envisioning and perhaps even helping instigate the Arab Spring – of which the events in Libya constitute only the latest chapter – as a whole.

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What Did We Just Win in Libya?

David Frum August 22nd, 2011 at 7:11 am 101 Comments

Back in the Fall of 2001, we all celebrated as local forces backed by NATO airpower ejected the Taliban from control of Afghanistan’s cities. All seemed over but the peacekeeping. The rest of the story, you know.

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