Lindsay’s take on the Tripoli Six has led to long-time commenter The Phantom quipping, “Maybe we can have as many comments on this as we’ve had on whether Judith Regan’s firing was justified or whatever other motherfucking bullshit is supposed to be important” (right now, the Regan thread is outcommenting the Tripoli Six one 28-7).
It seems that Libya’s main motivation is not necessarily covering up its hospitals’ sanitation problems, but extorting money from Bulgaria, which has a national dick size problem with paying.
The main problem is that it appears as if the Libyan people support the government here. Usually, the best way to undermine an authoritarian regime is to fund organizations that agitate for a peaceful democratic revolution, but such a revolution requires the regime to be deeply unpopular. The Phantom’s idea of punitive sanctions won’t delegitimize the regime enough, because it only emerged from ten years of sanctions in 2003. What works in Eastern Europe and will work in Iran won’t necessarily work in North Africa.