Monday, August 22, 2011

The War Next Door (Part 9)

Libya's rebels have taken most of Tripoli, the capital, and while their struggle is far from over it is clear that democracy - in some form - lies on the horizon.

Peace and a decent government will be greeted with relief by all in the region, including Italy. Democracy comes at a price, and Libya's path toward better government is just beginning.

The effects of the Libyan conflict in Sicily were minimal - a few planes launched from air bases and (more significantly) the arrival of thousands of refugees off Sicily's islands.

Parts of Libya are still controlled by the dictator's forces, and this morning a few tanks emerged from the (former) leader's fortified compound in a final military effort. It'll take weeks to defeat or assimilate all of the regime's remaining defenders. But the future looks good.

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