Although I have been informed by the commenters in the previous thread that I am petulant for having concerns despite being happy with the possibility that Gaddafi is gone, and also being informed that I was wrong, wrong, wrong, and that we won with NO CASUALIES!, it appears some other people are not popping the bubbly yet:
But NATO and the rebels had another possibility to deal with, a nightmare that traced back to what happened in Baghdad: that Colonel Qaddafi, taking a leaf from Mr. Hussein, had allowed much of his capital to be taken quickly as part of a tactical retreat that was preliminary to entrapping the rebels, or to a longer-term fight of the kind that evolved into the insurgency in Iraq, still unsuppressed after more than eight years and tens of thousands of dead.
That possibility merged into the larger nightmare, one that appeared to be obsessing Western leaders like Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and President Obama: that having committed themselves to the overthrow of Colonel Qaddafi and providing the crucial margin of military power to do so, they might only have opened a Pandora’s box of menacing possibilities.
Could Libya, like Iraq with its dictator removed, descend into bloody fratricide and civil war? And would the West, careful thus far to limit its military involvement mostly to aerial strikes, get drawn into the chaos?
At Downing Street and the Élysée Palace, officials were keen to suppress, at least for the moment, any sign of gloating over the rapid disintegration of the Qaddafi government, after months of political siege from critics who had accused them of committing too hastily to a campaign that could drag on for many more months, even years, and of making their combat aircraft, in effect, the air attack arm of the rebels.***
Now, it is not yet known whether the best intentions of the West, and of the rebel leaders, will be enough to counter powerful impulses in Libya that could overwhelm the mood of euphoria greeting advancing rebel forces, and push the country to a darker future of political, tribal and sectarian strife.
What a bunch of petulant losers Cameron, Sarkozy, and Obama are. Don’t they know we won? It’s all over now, and Libya is the land of milk and honey! THE INTERTRONS TOLD ME SO!
At any rate, here is another thread for you to throw up your Mission Accomplished! comments, call me Jonah Goldberg, or whatever else since I am insufficiently hip to the cause. I swear I’ll change the color of my blog if you ask nice.