I’m concerned that any perceived “success” in Libya (i.e. the fall of Gaddafi as rebels even now storm the city, arrest his sons, and topple the regime – though this was never the stated goal of the mission) will only strengthen the hand of the neocons and hawks. This is a shame. Iraq should have wiped notions of nation building and regime change from polite society. Instead we are about to replace one tyrant with another in Libya and call it victory. The farce continues, but the people peddling these pernicious ideas will have won a major victory. What Bush could not do for the neocons, Obama is about to achieve.
I won’t mourn the passing of the Libyan regime. Gaddafi is a monster. I’m sure new, lesser monsters will now attempt to rule over the Libyan people once the current monster is undone. And we will turn our gaze toward Syria and Iran, toward other monsters doing other monstrous things. We can work to end these horrors through freedom of trade and freedom of movement and the persistent advocacy of civil liberties. Bullets are a lousy substitute.
Read Burt Likko’s thoughts here.
Elias Isquith has more here.