This is from Noel's blog at PM Press.
THEIR DISORDER IS OUR HOPE
Since the beginning of the “uprising” and NATO bombardment in Libya, opinion in “progressive” circles has been of two schools: the first welcomed the effort to topple Gaddafi, even to the point of looking favorably, if somewhat warily, on the NATO-supported “rebels.” I shall not comment on that view. The second school denounced the NATO intervention without reservation. That would have been OK, but some went farther and, in their zeal to oppose the NATO intervention, spread tales of the “accomplishments” of the Gaddafi regime, among which were supposed to be a high living standard, widespread social benefits, etc. Some insisted that Gaddafi was under attack for his anti-imperialism and that those who opposed him were Al-Qaeda agents and drug dealers. That view found support in surprising circles. One correspondent, an active internet warrior and a person who has written knowledgeably and thoughtfully on other topics, wrote me that she would open no more emails from me after I pointed out to her, for the second or third time, that it was not necessary to say nice things about Gaddafi in order to oppose NATO intervention.