Sunday, August 28, 2011

What's Next for the West & Libya

I spoke to local affiliate Fox 5 in the wake of Libyan rebels' takeover of Tripoli last week. The Western world has talked a big game about helping Libya transition to a democracy, but underlying that rhetoric seems to be a recognition among all involved that this process is going to be the most challenging legacy of the Arab Spring yet.

And it's not clear how much the West is going to step up on this one. The one thing the rebel council can count on from the international community the unfreezing of several billion in Qaddafi regime assets -- the United States finally succeeded in cutting a deal in the U.N. late last week to open those floodgates. But they shouldn't expect much more financial assistance at this point. As I wrote last week, even the most outspoken advocates of U.S. intervention in the Libyan uprising in Congress are saying publicly there's no need to send cash aid ($) to the Benghazi.

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