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Libya, Europe’s Great New Adventure, Will Leave America Picking Up the Pieces

The madman from Libya, finally met justice. He died the way he lived. Unceremoniously.  I thought back to what happened to him, and compared his death to that of the Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. US forces captured Saddam Hussein in a spider hole. He was arrested, processed, and faced Iraqi justice before Iraqi judicial authorities. Contrast to happened to Moammar Qaddafi; there really is no comparison. One operation was done with professionalism, the other was something out of Lord of the Flies.

To this day we have no idea what type of people comprise the transitional council.  Just about the only thing these people agreed on was that was that the Qaddafi needed to be caught or eliminated. These people have no idea what a future Libya will look like. As is the case with Libya’s tribal culture, there is a lot of disagreement about what the future government of Libya will operate.  It is quite possible that Libya will plunge into a civil war.  All of this leave the Europeans, who have a very spotty record in Africa, to begin yet another nation-building experiment through the UN. The ides of Haiti come to mind.

The world off is better without people like Qaddafi, but the manner in which he was captured and killed leaves a lot of questions. His death was also largely symbolic. The rebels have controlled the capital for some time; hunting down Qadaffi brings closure to the rebel movement. Now the hard work begins and I do not see leadership the region needs coming from this group of people.

The entire Libyan operation has been one big European adventure.  And that is cause for concern.  Invariably, everything the Europeans touch in the field foreign affairs does not quite seem to work out the long run. I do not think they are capable of doing what is needed in the long run to stabilize Libya. We, the U.S. taxpayer, will be left to pick up and clean up the mess at some point.  And that may be coming sooner that you think.

UPDATE:  UK Telegraph: Libya’s Interim ruler unveils more radical than expected plans for Islamic law

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