Victory in Libya?

Details are still very sketchy, but it seems that we have won the war in Libya, or at least we are on the verge of victory. The rebels have captured Tripoli, or at least a lot of it, and some of Qaddafi’s sons have been detained. No one seems to know where Qaddafi himself is, or even if he is still alive.

I’m delighted to see Qaddafi go, if indeed that’s what is happening. That man has troubled the world enough.

Now we can get down to the serious business of worrying about what happens next. In Iraq we had a carefully developed post-war plan, and then just when it came time to implement it, we abandoned the plan and decided to play things by ear instead. That didn’t work out so well. Do we have a plan for Libya at all? Judging by the White House’s statement, it sounds like the answer is no; it puts everything on the rebel government.

It will be tragic if we overthrow Qaddafi only to allow him to be replaced by a new set of tyrants, as seems to be happening in Egypt and Tunisia.


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