It seems to me, unseating Muammar Gaddafi,was as stupid a thing as has been done in a generation. We are seeing the foolishness of this action, by the European and American governments, play out before our very eyes. Not that the present government of Libya is as diabolic as the government of Egypt, (that we also brought into power), but the precedent is so pernicious and the incentives it set up so negative, the future will be full of treatises about the folly of our leaders. This idiotic action will visit many evils on the people of the World. No person is safe from the ramifications of this singularly moronic action. You and yours, and me and mine, will experience tragedy first hand as a result.
The Islamist government in Libya was as predictable as spring after winter. To believe that there would be any other result was wishful thinking at best and intentionally damaging the West at worst. The people of Libya had lived under a tyrant for many years. This renders people incomprehensible to liberty. They become used to a despot and will be uncomfortable in liberty. Therefore, it is obvious that they will turn to the autocrat they believe will have the lightest hand, when given liberty to do so.
The outcome was predictable but the pernicious incentives the ouster of Muammar were equally certain. Muammar had publicly given up his weapons of mass destruction. The moment he did he drew the attention of every dictator on the planet. They watched his fortune as they did their own. His outcome would be theirs if they gave up their weapons of mass destruction. Despots are not stupid people. If they were, they would be quickly murdered, and replaced with intelligent tyrants. As soon as the Western powers turned on Muammar it sent a chill through the spines of every oppressor around the World. They understood that the only thing protecting them from the same fate as Muammar was, is, their weapons of mass destruction.
The Islamic regime in Iran watched events unfold in Libya with bated breath. The fate of their nuclear program was, is, intricately tied with Muammar’s destiny. They saw, and understood, as soon as they relinquish their nuke program, they would come under the same threat as Gaddafi. The massing of the western powers, against the single dictator who gave up his weapons of mass destruction, publicly and permanently, ensured that the Islamist regime in Iran would not make the same mistake. In short, Muammar’s ouster, insured the completion of Iran’s nuclear program.
Compare the horrible end of Muammar with the treatment of North Korea as soon as they tested a nuclear bomb. Kim Jong Il was as evil a dictator as Muammar ever was yet he had a nuke at his disposal. The Nuclear bomb he had, insured his fair treatment, and respect, at the hands of the West. Iran watched this side of the World too. They have the ability to comprehend the actions of the West and apply them to their own situation. Iran saw, as did every tyrant on the planet, that the West will do nothing to stop them from getting weapons of mass destruction. BUT, if they ever gave them up, a terrible end would await them as well. This is a strong incentive to speed up development of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons… or to start one.
As soon as Muammar gave up his weapons of mass destruction, a sane West, would have given him a get out of jail free card. He should have been held up, as a benevolent dictator, to other oppressors. The example of a tyrant giving up his weapons should have been a opportunity to pry these fearsome things from the hands of insane people. But instead, European leaders and Obama made the ultimate mistake, sending a different message to the despots around the World. In this, there is nothing they could have done that was more stupid, or more destructive of World peace.
Unless we believe them to be drooling idiots their actions are irreconcilable with common sense. Their protection of Al Queda and ouster of Muammar has made the World an exponentially more dangerous place, and indeed, has set up the conditions for a new world war. They have insured that despots the World over will seek nuclear weapons, at all costs, making the world war they apparently want, a nuclear affair. Raining down radioactive evil on every person on the Planet… and it all could have been avoided, had our leaders not been so imprudent. Well, as I have said before, the dross floats to the top. In the case of Europe and America this couldn’t have been more true!