How’s The Libyan Reconstruction Going?

Andrew Sullivan —  Oct 14 2011 @ 10:24am


Daniel Serwer says "pretty damn well":

In a trip to Libya this month, just weeks after Muammar Qaddafi’s fall, I found peace coming fast to Tripoli, despite continued resistance in several Libyan towns.  Ten days ago, families with children mobbed Martyrs’ square, where Qaddafi once held forth, to commemorate the hanging 80 years ago of Libya’s hero of resistance against the Italians, Omar Mukhtar. Elementary schools opened last week. The university will open next month. Water and electricity are flowing. Uniformed police are on the street. Trash collection is haphazard but functioning. This is the fastest post-war recovery I have witnessed: faster than Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq or Afghanistan. Certainly faster than Somalia, Sierra Leone or Rwanda.

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(Photo: A Libyan woman is reflected on the display window of a store as she walks past while others shop inside at a souk in the old city of Tripoli on October 9, 2011. By Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)