This is one of those hopeful days for freedom. Libyan rebels, aided by NATO air cover, appear to have chased dictator Muammar Gaddafi out of Libya and have taken Gaddafi’s two sons prisoner. [Aug. 23 Update: Oops! At least one son, Saif, is not captured.]
If the rebels have indeed taken the Libyan capital of Tipoli, the big question is what they will do next. Will democrats take the fore, insisting on a government that protects individual freedom? Or will a radical religious cabal pretend to “free” Libyan and imprison the people all over again?
Considering this was a hard-fought, indigenous ground revolution, and considering the rebels may feel a little gratitude to the arsenals of democracy that made the difference, democracy really has a chance here. President Obama’s arm’s-length distance from this rebellion may pay off.
Assad not worried. Meanwhile, in Syria, dictator Bashar Assad is shivering in his jack boots, but claiming not to be worried and telling Syria’s lovers of liberty their chains are permanent.
And in Scotland, which two years ago rewarded Gaddafi’s 1988 terrorism by freeing mass murderer Abdelbaset Al Mohmed al-Megrahi (when the Lockerbie bomber had “less than three months to live”), the government surely is considering a mass resignation and relocation to Algeria.