How to Help Libyans Help Themselves
The focus is now on the reconstruction and stabilization of Libya, how to encourage its transition from a virtual monarchy to a democracy. That will cost money. Who should fund it?
What’s the Latest Development?
In an editorial, the L.A Times says that the people will see the overthrow of Kadafi as a blessing only if it produces political freedom and economic sustenance. “The U.S. can help further both goals, but not at the barrel of a gun.” The paper says that providing military trainers to Libya (in case of further hostilities involving Kadafi supporters) would be a bad idea. “The presence of U.S. forces on Libyan soil runs the risk of a prolonged presence and escalating involvement.”
What’s the Big Idea?
But it does advocate economic assistance to help rebuild and stabilize the country. “Libya can benefit from resources of its own for relief and reconstruction, including billions of dollars in frozen assets released by the United States, France and Britain. Still, the U.S. should make additional economic and humanitarian assistance available. (Some is already being provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development.)”