On The Liberation Of Tripoli

No sane person would regret the collapse of the regime of Quadafi. However, no sane person, having observed the events of the Second Iraq War, would view the collapse of a government as anything short of perilous.

I see no cognitive dissonance in being grateful for the apparent victory in Libya of the forces with which the U.S. and NATO were allied on the one hand, and maintaining that we were fighting an undeclared, ill-advised, and illegal war. It’s good that we won and hopefully we’re better off for having fought. But that doesn’t mean we should have fought that war in the first place.

It’s not quite over yet. As I write, Quadafi himself is not yet accounted for and the provisional government in Benghazi has not yet secured the entire country. Loyalist forces will melt back into the civilian population and could very well mount a resistance manipulating tribal tensions, should they perceive a reasonable chance of success, security, or even short-term advantage in doing so.

And while we seem confident that the new government in Libya will be both democratic and within the political and economic orbit of the west, whether it actually plays out that way remains to be seen. Remember, the problem with democracy is that sometimes people vote wrong — to what extent will religious fundamentalists acquire political power, particularly in a democratic system, and if they do, will we have any legitimate grounds to object?

But for now, let freedom ring.

Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering litigator. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Recovering Former Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.


  1. Burt, since I’m banned from commenting on the front page, how can I post in the sub-blog without stepping on some toes? If the subjects I’m interested in commenting on are in the main, front page, what option do I have, but to go through the sub-blog?

    The beleaguered lad is a first-rate fister for God sakes. And admittedly, very proud of it. Read Tammy Bruce if you don’t believe me.

    Why Sullivan isn’t in a mental hospital is beyond me. He manifests at a minimum, 12 serious and dangerous mental disorders and is a threat to himself and the entire human race. Maybe the good Doctor can pull some strings and have him committed for life.

    C’mon Doc–Please? Pretty please. Send him up the river to Danvers State. He’ll resemble Randall Patrick McMurphy in no time! As in, post-electroshock Randall. He’s a menace to humanity, pure and simple.

    • Forgot to mention—DDT ban killed millions of Africans.

      Meryl Streep has her head where the sun don’t shine–remember the Alar hysteria? Yeah, Alar can be a human carcinogen but for the necessary amount to be harmful, one would have to consume 5,000 GALLONS A DAY!!! Millions and millions of perfectly good fruit and fruit juices destroyed because some Hollywood nitwits and no-nothings, warn that the human race will be destroyed is you eat your apple a day.
      We really do live in an insane asylum.

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