Except diplomatic recognition doesn't actually do anything to "support democracy and freedom." And even if it did, there is no evidence that what emerges in Libya would in any way resemble a free democracy. This isn't Tunisia or Egypt where there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about a serious democratic transformation. This is a country awash in oil, run by a madman, in the midst of a civil war. I'm sure that the rebels would be better than Gaddafi (as they couldn't possibly be any worse), but I see little reason for optimism that the country will become a democracy.Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und
As I mentioned, our recent track record of "supporting democracy and freedom when the chips are on the table" is not very good. We supported Georgia against Russia, and the president of Georgia became an autocratic thug. We supported Kosovo against Serbia, and the president of Kosovo became an autocratic thug. We supported democracy in Iraq against Saddam Hussein, and the prime minister of Iraq is currently busy beating and arresting protesters. What makes you think that we would have better luck in Libya?