Worshipping the bangs
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Larsson's Player Forum
Re: Gadhafi reported killed in Libya
Hopefully this will be a positive thing for Libya and much of Africa. Ghadaffi had a long if underreported history of propping up strongman dictators in sub-Saharan Africa and contributed to much of the civil war and strife that has cursed that continent for the last quarter-century or so.
While I agree that Western intervention in the internal affairs of other countries is generally a bad thing, there does seem to be a lot of support from most Libyans (and of course I'm getting this from Western media sources, but also from al-Jazeera) for our role so far. The fact we've sent in very few ground troops (mostly to coordinate the air attacks and provide aid) is a rare show of intelligence, because this means that the Libyans have continued to see this as "their" revolution--quite justifiably, as they are the ones who have done all of the ground fighting and suffered all of the casualties.
Another benefit of this is that the TNC has actually had some time to work things out--they've had to run a big part of the country and a major military campaign, which has meant coordinating tribal and regional efforts and dealing with historic rivalries. In some ways, this experience may have been better preparation for assuming power than any of the other groups involved in the Arab Spring have gotten.
This could be a huge step forward for all of the region. It may not be exactly what NATO had in mind when it intervened, but hopefully it will be at least something closer to what the Libyan people define as their idea of a just and representative government.
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