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January 30, 2013

Ajami on Gaddafi, Libya, and the Arab Spring

Muammar Gaddafi in 2009.
Muammar Gaddafi in 2009.

Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the cochair of the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, writes about the fall of Gaddafi, the Libyan dictatorship, and the Arab Spring in his Newsweek magazine article titled Gaddafiphilia.

“In the Financial Times of Jan. 14, Gaddafi was described as the ‘West’s ally in the fight against jihadist groups.’ Britain, France, and the United States should have spared him: he had kept the lid on disorder in the Sahara. To be sure, he had intended mass slaughter in Benghazi, but two years later, it was time to utter the impermissible: perhaps the West’s strategic interest would have been served by his iron grip on his country,” states Ajami.