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Will Gadaffi's death really make a difference in Libya? Will the Arab Spring make a difference anywhere?

Asked by saint (3972points) October 20th, 2011

Have you ever been to Middle East, and their Islamic annex in N Africa and the Horn? I have. And while there are certainly individual exceptions to what I have to say, in general, those folks know precisely nothing about the effort, discipline and mutual understanding that it takes to establish and maintain institutions that respect the sovereignty of the individual (what the US founders called liberty). Everybody thinks that Gadaffi’s death is a great milestone. In one sense, it is. But he will simply be replaced by another despot. Isn’t it a bit naive for Westerners to think that something wonderful has just happened?

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