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Gadhafi's death: A validation of Obama's policy
The death of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi at the hands of the rebels who deposed him was the best possible outcome of the months-long civil war in that North African country. Had he remained at large, he could have been a symbol of resistance to the nation’s new leaders, delaying efforts to bring peace and a transition to democracy. Had he been captured alive, the nation’s fledgling leaders would have been forced to choose between trying him themselves or acquiescing to a war crimes trial in international court, either of which would have given a madman the attention he craved, to the detriment of efforts at reconciliation between rival factions in Libya. Now the nation has a fresh beginning to move forward in its own way.
October 20, 2011