"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...
Democracy in and of itself is absolutely possible anywhere. It only means a majority of the people voted and passed something. It doesn't necessarily mean that an individual has inalienable rights or that any individual is protected. Mob rule can still be a democracy. What makes this and some other western countries unique is not "democracy", but rather enforcing the rights of an individual against whatever the majority might think or want.
Here's the first paragraph of my last year's column "Democracy Is Impossible":
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