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US helps defeat a dictator, without losing a soldier

MOAMMAR KHADAFY was the original global terrorist. A dozen years before 9/11, his bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 rocked the world, including New England, the home to dozens of college students and other young people who lost their lives. Khadafy’s death yesterday, at the hands of insurgents backed by NATO bombs, resonated from Tripoli to Lockerbie to Boston.

The defeat of this bloody dictator was achieved without the loss of a single American soldier. It cost relatively little in dollars, either for military expenses or foreign aid. It didn’t spark a backlash against America. It didn’t alienate allies, who, from Europe to the Arab League, were partners. And it didn’t commit the United States to a nation-building exercise.

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