Libya Rises

Well, this is promising:

Ten days after four Americans were killed in their Libyan city, hundreds marched in Benghazi and took over the headquarters of a radical Islamist group tied to the attack.

Thousands of protesters had taken to the street earlier Friday, loudly declaring that they — and not those behind last week’s deadly attack — represent the real sentiments of the Libyan people.

“I am sorry, America,” one man said. “This is the real Libya.”
In the evening, an offshoot of several hundred people then headed toward the headquarters for Ansar al-Sharia, a loosely connected radical Islamist group.

As militia members fled, the protesters torched a vehicle and took over the group’s building without firing a single shot. Some of those involved claimed to have freed at least 20 captives held inside, and expressed their intent to assume control over other Ansar al-Sharia buildings.

The Libyan government has also been arresting people left, right and center. The Libyans know what Obama is finally, after more than a week, kinda sorta being forced to admit: that the September 11 killing was a planned attack, not a spontaneous eruption.

I’m trying not to get my hopes up too far. This is the Middle East after all. But it would be ironic if, after all this year, Libya became the most reasonable country in the region.

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