Diana West has been one of the very few American commentators to resist the siren calls of the “Libya hawks,” as she dubbed them early on. She has remained wary of the intervention in Libya throughout and lucid about the nature of the anti-Gaddafi opposition, and she has been kind enough to cite some of my reporting along the way.
Not surprisingly, Diana did not share the thrill that so many members of the western media seem to have experienced in seeing Muammar al-Gaddafi killed yesterday. In a blog post titled “Qaddafi’s Death Leaves Me Cold”, she has explained why. Noting that Gaddafi had “come over to our side of George Bush’s ‘war on terror,’” Diana concludes: “Horrific as it sounds, Qaddafi was killed because we and our NATO allies joined the other side – the al Qaeda affiliates.”
In a private response to Diana, I mentioned that Gaddafi’s death not only left me cold, but indeed left me feeling sick to my stomach, and I explained why. Diana asked if she could publish my message. It is available here.