The Corner

Re: Libya

I so seldom get the chance to quibble with anything Victor Davis Hanson says that I don’t want to miss the opportunity to quibble a bit.  The problem with the satellite and cell phone thesis when combined with US inaction to support liberal reform is that it leaves as the only viable opposition the Islamists who are as undemocratic as Qadhafi.  This is why it’s so imperative that the White House pick up its dropped ball on Arab democracy.  And, of course fear of Egypt would be less hypocritical of the regime had Qadhafi not relied on Egyptian advisors so heavily to consolidate his regime.  For anyone unfamiliar with just how Libya works on the inside, could I recommend this MEQ piece by sometimes NRO contributor Mohamed El-Jahmi?  I promise, it will be the last MEQ piece I push today.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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