Your take? Would the Middle East have been easier for US relations if it had stayed as a manageable dictatorship?
The United States helped the Libyan people overthrow the repressive Qaddafi regime and institute a nascent democracy. But the murder of the United States ambassador and three other officials shows that in Libya, as elsewhere around the world, freedom can unleash ugly forces that are hard to control, even where there is a pro-Western government and pro-American elements, as in Libya. Can the United States stay engaged with modern democratic Middle Eastern countries that have sizable anti-Western populations?