"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...
The only thing I would add is that we cannot affect the outcomes and developments in any of these countries even if we continue to be unwise enough to try. The belief that we can nation build anywhere is absurd. We cannot nation build from the top down even in the US; how could we hope to do so in countries where we don't speak the language, do not understand the culture and on which there is no institutional foundation on which to build a markets, freedom, or democratic practices. We have lost all common sense and show no signs of learning.
Here's the first paragraph of my last year's column "Democracy Is Impossible":
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