Today is a great day for humanity and freedom we must all embrace

I wanted to just tell everyone how excited we should all be today for the freedom of Libya for the Libyan people as most of Tripoli has already been liberated from Ghaddafi's thugs and two of Ghaddafi's sons are already reported to be under arrest. This is a great day because it demonstrates to the entire world and to the thugs and dictators that remain that your day is also near. I hope to see the liberation of Syria to follow as well as Iran. Very important to note that after the liberation of Libya, NATO will be freed up to assist the Syrian people if called upon. Let's all celebrate the fact that those of us in the west have the freedoms that people all around the world demand - and I salute the Libyan people for their freedom that they are witnessing and experiencing at this very moment!

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Comment by Patrick Scherr on August 22, 2011 at 2:06am

NATO will be freed up to assist the Syrian people if called upon

Because NATO was using all its power on Libya.


I don't know if its all that great. Yet. They have a long road a head before the west will consider them an ally. Who knows what kind of government will take over?


Comment by Sassan K. on August 22, 2011 at 2:27am

So? If NATO didn't assist the Libyan people, Ghaddafi's thugs would have massacred the people of Benghazi and the rest of Libyan's who demanded to be free. I applaud NATO and the international community in assisting the Libyan people in freedom. When people demand and shed blood to live free, it is the duty of the international community to intervene and support them.

I think the days for authoritarian rule is coming to an end. I am confident that Libya will have a fairly democratic system with democratic institutions. I for one am happy that Libya is free and NATO forces will be freed up to assist the Syrian people in the very near future.

Comment by George Thain on August 22, 2011 at 4:59am
There is a long road to go but it's great to see a country that has so much to offer the world being freed from tyrannical reign. We just have to hope that they can install a successful secular democracy and don't get hijacked by Islamic extremists. It would be horrible to see Libya go the way of Iran.
Comment by Sassan K. on August 22, 2011 at 6:50am

I agree George 110%. Let's hope it's followed by Syria and then Iran..

Comment by George Thain on August 22, 2011 at 7:38am
Iran would be the big one, if they could get a secular democracy built there one of the biggest threats to world peace would be nullified. A secular Iran, and Syria to a lesser extent, I feel would really help the Israel/Palestine conflict as well as being able to put pressure on countries like Saudi Arabia.
Comment by Sassan K. on August 22, 2011 at 8:36am

Yes - Iran is the big one and the easiest if assisted with international assistance since the Iranian people are a secular people who demand nothing more and nothing less than freedom and a true secular democracy. I speak as an Iranian and someone who has spent considerable amounts of time inside of Iran. But the liberation of Iran must come before they have a nuke because once they have a nuke they will hold the Iranian people and the international community hostage..

Comment by Unseen on August 22, 2011 at 12:06pm

Libyans aren't home free after their revolution. The Egyptians seem to have traded oppression under Mubarak for oppression under their military. I'm not too optimistic about there being a democratic government in Egypt anytime soon. My feelings about Libya are even less optimistic. Who will take over the reins of power there? Some extremist cleric? Let's wait and see. Libya, like many Third Wold countries hasn't developed the habit of tolerance yet and may be populated by people for whom wins and losses need to be total and not done in a spirit of compromise.

Comment by Sassan K. on August 22, 2011 at 12:13pm

I feel confident that they will have learned from history and not repeat the mistake of 79'. In Egypt, there hasn't been elections yet. These nations will have relative freedom compared to what they had before with democratic institutions. On to Syria!!! :)

Comment by George Thain on August 22, 2011 at 1:23pm

Have the rebels not already established a government of sorts? I'm pretty sure I read that they had elected a leader at least, as it was a condition for the UK and France to acknowledge the rebels as the rightful government, I read this in a French newspaper however and my French isn't great so I may of misread or misunderstood the article. 

Comment by Unseen on August 22, 2011 at 1:35pm

I think that's right, but once the rebels are in control, who will control the rebels?


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