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A Bright and Shining Libyan Lie
Tribune Media Services, by Victor Davis Hanson

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Posted By:garnet, 10/18/2012 11:21:05 AM

Almost everything we have been told about Libya over the last two years is untrue. A free Libya was supposed to be proof of President Obama's enlightened reset Middle East policy. When insurgency broke out there, the United States joined France and Great Britain in bombing Muammar Gadhafi out of power -- and supposedly empowering a democratic Arab Spring. Not a single American life was lost. Libyans, like most in the Arab World, were supposed to appreciate the new enlightened American foreign policy. Obama's June 2009 Cairo speech had praised Islam and apologized for the West.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: alloysteel, 10/18/2012 11:29:22 AM     (No. 8942526)

Islamic democracy is an oxymoron. There is NO WAY any interpretation of the Koran is compatible with democracy by whatever definition, even the Soviet model of 'dictatorship of the proletariat'. And certainly not with the generally accepted Western version, in which the widest number of citizens give their support to one point of view or another, to be decided by majority vote.

In Islam, nobody gets to vote on who their emams or ayatollahs might be. These are members of a protected class who are appointed 'authorities', that are never to be questioned or contested in any way.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: msjena, 10/18/2012 11:32:27 AM     (No. 8942544)

There is only one country in the Middle East where the so-called "democracy movement/Arab Spring" has not led to the rise of Islamists with a radical agenda: Iraq. Ann Coulter wrote a book about how government overthrow by mob action often results in something worse than what the mob originally was against. We have seen that played out in Egypt and Libya. And it happened in Iran during the Carter years. Syria will be next, if Obama's policies continue.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 10/18/2012 11:32:36 AM     (No. 8942546)

Glad to add VDH to the club of 'Those Who Get It'.

(He usually does.)

What shocks me is how small that club really is, even amongst those who call themselves Conservatives, much less plain old Republicans who should have understood from the very beginning.

And yet you still get people like McCain and Romney who want to repeat the same mistake in Syria.

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