Libya Is Not An Islamist Playground

Christopher Stephen checks in on the country's religious extremists, which, he says, are "finding it hard to gain traction." One reason why:

Perhaps the biggest problem for the Islamists here is that Libya is rich. Present in everyone's mind is the fact that Libya has only six million people but enormous reserves of oil. There is no need for an absolutist government, only one that is competent enough to share the oil wealth equally. Asked how they want Benghazi to look in five years, residents opt for a cross between Dubai, Paris, and London. Not Riyadh.