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The Times - United Kingdom | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

West must not give up on Libya

A fuel-storage depot near Tripoli's international airport was set on fire by a rocket during fighting between militia groups in the Libyan capital on Monday. Western diplomats are now leaving the country. The conservative daily The Times argues that Libya must not be left to its fate: "The Arab Spring [in Libya] began with great hope and optimism. There is no need for its outcome to be the restoration of authoritarian rule; there are more nuanced choices than that between military dictatorship and civil war. Above all, Libyans have to address the question of the role of Islam in politics; driving Islamists underground will further polarise society. The United Nations must help engineer a ceasefire together with the Libyan government and all aggrieved parties."

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