“Islamists’ Growing Sway Raises Questions for Libya” (TIMES, 9/15/11)

     Here we go again: the “freedom fighters” who couldn’t shoot straight in their struggle with Qaddafi are being shunted aside by conservative Muslims.  Those anti-Qaddafi rebels who recklessly fired their guns in the air, only to bring down upon themselves bombing strikes from NATO airplanes, will be competing with better organized Islamists to create a new Libya.

     Let all thinking Americans warn our leaders in advance: proceed with due caution.  After decades of opposing the development of democracy in the Middle East, while supporting all kinds of reactionaries in the crusade to stop Communism, the United States left the door open for conservative  theocrats to pass through.

     Will the Libyan military dictatorship be replaced by a theocratic one?


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