Group: Libya improving despite attack

2013-01-16 11:21

New York - The pro-democracy watchdog group Freedom House says that Libya has made major strides toward establishing democracy in the last year.

That assessment counters a widespread impression of Libya as lawless after a deadly militia raid in Benghazi killed the US ambassador and three other Americans.

Freedom House's annual ranking of political rights and civil liberties around the world boosts Libya and Egypt to "partly free" status due to successful elections.

The Benghazi attack as an issue in the US presidential election, with Republican candidate Mitt Romney trying to portray it as a major bungle by President Barack Obama's administration.

Conservatives argued it was an example of al-Qaeda infiltration or radical Islamic influence spreading in Libya on Obama's watch.

  • fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-16 15:02

    "Auferre, trucidare, rapere, falsis nominibus imperium; atque, ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant. (They plunder, they slaughter, and they steal: this they falsely name Empire, and where they make a wasteland, they call it peace/progress.)" -Tacitus about a Roman campaign in the century following the Third Punic War I’m still waiting to find evidence somewhere in the world that bombing poor civilian populations of the Third World from the air is good for their voting rights, democracy, medical care, education, welfare, national debt, and enhancing personal income and wealth distribution.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2013-01-16 16:35

      My bet is still on Libya having the highest likelyhood of becoming a free democratic state than the rest of the so-called arab spring/winter countries that seem to be slipping into Islamist autocracies. I'm still to see evidence that entrenched dictators and their crime families who use their armies to kill their citizens are good for third world countries . Go Libya !

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