There’s the unclenched hand …
I can fully understand the closure the families of the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing victims are feeling today, and I take nothing from their personal sighs of relief.
However, Clifford D. May at the National Review goes into the reflective territory of this event that I eluded to …
Qaddafi was not America’s friend, but the vision of U.S. troops pulling Saddam Hussein from a spider hole in Iraq did persuade him that having America as an enemy was not smart. So he gave up his drive to develop nuclear weapons and coughed up useful intelligence on how that project had been organized. He stopped financing terrorism — as far as we’re aware. He did continue oppressing his own people. Both the Bush and the Obama administrations pretty much gave him a pass on that.
If the Great Arab Revolt — “Arab Spring” is a hopeful, not descriptive term — ends up only removing Qaddafi and, from neighboring Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, a despot who was, nonetheless, a reasonably pliant client of the U.S., and if Iran’s theocrats remain in power and manage to save the Assad dynasty in Syria while continuing to use Hezbollah to control Lebanon and sponsoring Hamas in Gaza, the lesson will be clear: It is more dangerous to be America’s ally than its enemy.
Such a lesson will carry long-term strategic consequences. If there are strategic planners in the current administration, now would be a good time for them to start worrying.
And that wiseman Joe Biden says it’s all good.
“NATO got it right and guess what? Libya, Gadhafi, one way or another is gone … Whether he is alive or dead he is gone … In this case America spent two billion dollars total and didn’t lose a single life. This is more the prescription for how to deal with the world as we go forward than it has been in the past … So this is an example of how the world is beginning to work together a little bit better.”