"After Moammar Gadhafi's downfall as Libya's tyrannical ruler, politicians and 'experts' in the U.S. and elsewhere, including French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, are saying that his death marked the end of 42 years of tyranny and the beginning of democracy in Libya. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Gadhafi's death represented an opportunity for Libya to make a peaceful and responsible transition to democracy. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said, 'Now it is time for Libya's Transitional National Council to show the world that it will respect the rights of all...
Perhaps the best thing the US can do for these countries is not to extend foreign aid, but a good example of human rights, free markets, and individual liberty. Of course that means getting our own house in order – we’ve got some work to do along those lines.
Here's the first paragraph of my last year's column "Democracy Is Impossible":
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