Washington has found another target for its self-righteous criticism of undemocratic governments: Libya. The White House and other Western governments condemned the killing of a hundred or so protesters by Gadhafi’s army. Western media distorted the story by declaring that the security forces were killing mourners, though in fact the disturbances in question were common riots occasioned by mourning rites.
Removing the Libyan dictator would be a grave error for the West. Two decades have passed since Libya last engaged in terrorism, and even then its involvement was cautious, usually though Palestinian terrorists. Gadhafi is so sensible that he dismantled Libya’s advanced nuclear program immediately after the United States attacked Iraq, realizing that he might be the next in line.
Despite his rhetoric, Gadhafi silently cooperates with the West against Iran and terrorism. He may not be the nicest guy to deal with, but he is the best available choice for a Libyan ruler.