October 21st, 2014
04:16 PM ET

What I'm reading: Is Libya better off without Gadhafi?

By Fareed Zakaria

“Gadhafi's death was a landmark, but three years later, it cannot be convincingly called a good one…is as much of a mess as ever,” writes Adam Taylor in the Washington Post. “In a confusing, chaotic situation, fighting is split among Arab nationalists, Islamists, regional militias and more. Recently, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have intervened militarily, while the country's largely impotent government-in-exile was forced to hold its meetings onboard a car ferry.”

“Given such a situation, it’s not unreasonable to wonder what might have happened if Gadhafi hadn't died.”


“Erdoğan continues to insist that there is no difference in his mind between the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the PKK: To the Turkish President, they’re all terrorists. Evidently, however, the American position is shifting,” writes Michael Rubin in Commentary. “Obama has insisted that he approve every military operation in Syria. This is why the recent airdrop of supplies to Kobane is so important: That airdrop directly assists the PYD, YPG, and the PKK. In effect, Obama is now aiding a group that his State Department still designates a terrorist group.”

“In reality, that designation is probably long overdue for a review if not elimination.”


“If you speak to senior executives from some of the big firms that have set up operations in China, they will tell you, off the record, that China’s success was built in part on the theft of their intellectual property,” says John Cassidy in the New Yorker. “If that’s true, it’s pretty similar to what American textiles manufacturers did to British market leaders during the early nineteenth century. The jackdaw strategy worked for the Americans then, and it has worked for the Chinese over the past twenty years; but it’s only part of the story. In addition to bringing in Western expertise, the Chinese invested heavily in infrastructure and education, particularly scientific education.”


soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Ferhat Balkan

    Erdoğan continues to insist that there is no difference in his mind between the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the PKK: To the Turkish President, they’re all terrorists."

    I'm going to side with Erdogan on this one. You see, Turkey has been under assault from these PKK terrorists for over 30 years that has resulted in the deaths of some 40,000. What started as a Communist extreme far-left terror group has terrorized Turkey for far too long. Now they rush to the aid of their brethren in Kobani and that 30 year history is somehow wiped clean? I'm sorry, but people need to understand Turkey's point of view before criticizing it, or criticizing Erdogan for that matter. It’s easy to criticize Erdogan because of the bad wrap he received during the Gezi protests. When it comes to the PKK, Turkey is united against these terrorists who are trying to present themselves as some sort of legitimate group that represents the Kurds. What is even more absurd is the fact that the world expects Turkey to help them.

    October 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm |
  2. Blue Saffron


    What baffles me is that hundreds of thousands of people have been and continue to be slaughtered in Indian Occupied Kashmir. A lot of them have been buried alive and rayped. Human rights outfits have provided coordinates of these unmarked graves to the Indian Government. How strange their compasses ceased functioning!!!

    Furthermore, UN resolutions have also gone unheeded. No one in the western world.... No one hears their screams. Nobody sees their plight. Nobody smells their burning bodies. NOBODY!!!


    October 21, 2014 at 7:41 pm |
    • Blue Saffron

      Who gives a sh it. Go to Kashmir. Maybe they'll slaughter you if we're lucky. Only way to shut you the f_ck up.

      October 21, 2014 at 11:17 pm |
      • Cristobal

        How is the weather in Bombay? Did you raype your mother today in accordance with Gita Bhagavad? Ya hindoo terrorist/raypist!

        October 22, 2014 at 5:29 am |
      • Lion of Kashmir

        We should immediately send the drones to Indian Occupied Kashmir. Make airdrops of arms and ammunition to the under siege Kashmiris in India.

        October 22, 2014 at 5:33 am |
      • Blue Saffron

        Same troll. Different names. Same bullsh_t. Nobody here in the U.S. cares that Hindus are kicking Muslim butt. That's a good thing.
        Good job India. Keep it up. The only good Muslim is a dead Muslim anyway. So who the "F" cares???

        October 22, 2014 at 6:57 am |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        We care a lot about Indian Occupied Kashmir. WE all know hindoos are raypists. Murderers. They raype their own mothers. Why? Because their holy book Gita Bhagavad prescribes it. So f uk off you muther f ukkin hindoo b@st@rd.

        October 22, 2014 at 7:11 am |
      • banasy©

        What would prevent the Indians from seizing the arms in Indian-occupied Kashmir?

        October 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm |
  3. Blue Saffron

    Fareed, you are a disgrace to journalism. Everyone in the world is bad except Israel, Nigeria and India. Who is paying your contract? CIA? Netanyahu? Shiv Sena?

    October 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm |
    • Hannah

      Fareed should be fired and put on a boat to India.

      October 22, 2014 at 5:35 am |
  4. Allan Kinsman©

    We have had a bright foreign policy since World War 2. We have supported dictators ever since that war. We have sold weapons of mass destruction and turned our head while peoples were abused. How can we through violence believe they want to listen to anything we might say. If we wanted to go about diplomacy someone in government better catch up on the meanings. I wuld say something else but I've seen little change in government since I went to Vietnam except an illusion of a change of power. The reality is sitting there for those who look.

    October 21, 2014 at 8:53 pm |
  5. Blue Saffron

    Seven Days in May. The time is now.

    October 21, 2014 at 9:11 pm |
  6. Blue Saffron

    Yea. The time is now for me to fuk you and sho ve my f_st up your azz for seven days in November, not in May. Dip wad.

    October 21, 2014 at 11:21 pm |
    • Cristobal

      Ahhhhh.... The hindu terrorist has emerged again. Aren't most people from India raypists?

      October 22, 2014 at 5:27 am |
    • Hannah

      Why are you people of India soooo abusive. So full of terror. And you are raypists too.

      October 22, 2014 at 5:37 am |
      • Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

        @Hannah people from India are terrorists. Their religion encourages raypes and i ncest. Plus they smell like s hit. Nasty BO. Them curry eating rats.

        October 22, 2014 at 7:24 am |
  7. Lion of Kashmir


    An anti-India rally, calling for the independence of Kashmir is being planned on British soil.

    A "Million March" is to take place on October 26 which expects to see thousands of people rally through central London in protest against India's "Genocide in Kashmir".

    The rally will begin in London's Trafalgar Square and end at Prime Minister David Cameron's office at 10 Downing Street.

    A similar anti-India protest rally has also been planned at Brussels following day on October 27.

    October 22, 2014 at 5:30 am |
  8. Hannah

    Someone said it well and I quote.

    Charles De Gaulle: "The people of Kashmir have been struggling for many years to have the right to their own destiny. Imagine Scotland being separated into two parts with one being given independence and the other half occupied by British troops at a ratio of one soldier for every two civilians, with restrictions on all their movements. The people of Kashmir have always rejected the idea of having a border separating it."

    October 22, 2014 at 5:34 am |
  9. El Conquistador

    So let us talk about the muslims in India since Fareed segway(ed) this into his post. The muslims in India have been massacred, suppressed, maimed and rayped by the hindu majority in India. They have been living in oppression. Suffocated. Genocides committed against them.

    The time has come for Muslims in India to rise and demand a separate independent state for themselves. Where they can live in dignity, in peace, in a civilized culture and not under Hindu subjugation. We have seen the fear in your eyes and the quiver in your voices. From the ashes of India shall rise the Phoenix.

    The western world and Americans support a separate state for the Muslims in India. A state based on democratic principles , capitalism, a belief in the unity of god .

    October 22, 2014 at 5:40 am |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    Gadhafi was a hero to many. We did not have a problem taking billions of dollars from him. After the last payment was made we decided to pull the trigger on him.

    October 22, 2014 at 7:01 am |
  11. Blue Saffron

    Blah blah blah. Same azzhole trolling these blogs. India this, India that. Hindus this. Hindus that. Ahhhh fukk the Koran. Wipe your butt with it after you take a dump, dip wad.

    October 22, 2014 at 7:04 am |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©

    I firmy believe that the only good hindoo is a dead hindoou. With this in mind ISIS has opened up an office in India to get rid of dead wood. Thank god. I was tired of sending my tax dollars as aid to India.

    October 22, 2014 at 7:22 am |
  13. Jose Ramirez

    I never realized that Indians were so hated around the world. They also come into Mexico and smuggle into Texas and give Mexicans a bad name. We no like their curry smell.

    October 22, 2014 at 7:29 am |
  14. Blue Saffron

    Gadhafi may have been a dictator but was a hero in his early era as Libya's leader. Like India he was a Soviet ally. The west used him and hung him out to dry during his old senile years.

    October 22, 2014 at 10:25 am |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Is Libya better off with Mohammar Qadaffy gone? Of course not!

    October 22, 2014 at 11:36 am |
  16. chri§§y

    99 % of these posts are all by the same person who is too cowardly to post under his own name. Many are made up names but there are several just stolen from other bloggers! Man up and post your filth under your own name!!!

    October 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      I don't mind all this name stealing as much as I do the use of this filthy Tea Party lingo or better said, profanity. No matter what you call, it has no place here, chrissy.

      October 22, 2014 at 2:14 pm |
      • banasy©

        Then you should probably refrain from changing your name to use it.

        October 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm |
  17. chri§§y

    Well i DO mind EVERY bit of it!!!! I dont enjoy someone posting filth under MY name! My kids read these blogs and once in awhile my grandaughter reads this crap!

    October 22, 2014 at 2:25 pm |
  18. Thanks Fareed!

    Is Libya better off without Gadhafi? Of course yes. He was a brutal murderer, with a silly "Green book", his version of "Mein Kampf" or Lenin's "Bolshevik Revolution"............. how sad, to understand, that when humans get "lost", some really screwed up humans take over, publishing their own versions of tyranny, and then proceed to murder and steal, so that they can live the "good life".................. sickening................. 🙁

    October 24, 2014 at 2:16 pm |

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