@oxmox Good grief, I have posted link after link of the Libyan election, oil production, evidence of international investment and the economic progress, they even have athletes at the Olympics. There is some lawlessness and some political tensions which leads to the odd gunfight and kidnapping and recently people have been throwing bombs at the empty intelligence headquarters building in Benghazi as a night time prank. Apart from that, things are rapidly turning around. If you have specific evidence to the contrary, please post it.
The scandal of western leaders shaking hands with Gadaffi exists only with naive people who don't understand international relations. Democratic leaders were never friends with Gadaffi. They were obliged to deal with him after he renounced WMD and the UN and other sanctions were lifted. That is how things work, no matter how unpleasant the person, it's called diplomacy. The myth that a shake of hands and some limited cooperation meant more that it did, is a figment of the imagination of the far left. Since when did the handshake of a politician mean anything? No treaties were signed apart from the $5billion Italian colonial reparation agreement which was a bribe to get Gadaffi to manage illegal imigration. Nothing gave him immunity from slaughtering the oposition or absolve Libya's international obligations under the UN Charter or Geneva Conventions.
I will be 40 in November, I have lived in 5 different countries on 3 different continents and experienced war, terrorism, sanctions and various other political strife and really don't need explanations like the above, I have seen the various media/political slides and spin from all sides. Mumbling the same thing over and over again will not convince me. If you would like to compare Syria's future to that of Somalia that would make some sense, we have Russia to thank for it after they allowed x2 peace plans to fail.
The new myth that all Syria's problems are somehow caused by outside interference doesn't stack up at all. The people who have the greatest interest in seeing the regime topple are the Syrian Majority - the Sunnis who make up 70% of the population. The attempts by Assad and Putin to wash them out of the equation show just how dishonest their position is.