Libya offers lesson for Syrian action

President Obama and the American public should consider what has happened in Libya as we contemplate military action in Syria, columnist Glenn Garvin wrote. While U.S. military assistance helped depose Moammar Gadhafi, little has gone right since then. “Post-intervention Libya is a witch’s cauldron of crime, corruption and terrorism,” Garvin wrote. Here are the lessons of Libya, Garvin wrote: “That the Middle East is fraught with ancient religious, ethnic and tribal rivalries only dimly understood in the West. That they erupt in unpredictable and vicious ways when the balance of power is upset. And that there’s probably a better way to deliver a prescription for peace and prosperity than in the payload of a Tomahawk missile.”