Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Libyans need praise for ousting tyrant

I HAVE been disappointed by the pessimistic and negative character of much reporting on the Libyan revolution - especially by the BBC.

At each stage, reporters explained the insuperable obstacles faced by the rebels, the stalemate on all fronts and the inability of the rebels to organise. At each stage, they were proved wrong.

Now that the revolution is largely complete, the same reporters are explaining the insuperable difficulties faced by the new government, doubts about their competence and the risk of decline into sectarian violence.

I think we should rejoice. The Libyan nation has arisen and deposed a tyrant. They are united in wanting Gaddafi to be succeeded by a legitimate government.

The rebels realise that they have to rebuild institutions and create a civil society.


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