16 September 2016
Anti-interventionists often cite the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) 2011 air war in Libya in arguments over the Syrian civil war. What these opinionated partisans never mention is that NATO’s military action against the forces of dictator Moammar Ghadafi’s regime was not only popular with Libyans but overwhelmingly so.
- 75% favored NATO’s actions in their country.
- 54% approved of U.S. leadership, which according to Gallup is the highest approval rating “ever recorded in the Middle East and North Africa region, outside of Israel.”
- 19% approved of Russia’s leadership (which opposed NATO’s attacks on Ghadafi’s forces).
- 22% approved of China’s leadership (which opposed NATO’s attacks on Ghadafi’s forces).
- 61% considered members of Ghadafi’s regime to be a major security threat.
- 62% considered Al-Qaeda and other Islamic militants to be a major security threat.
- 48% considered Western military forces to be a major threat.
- 77% favored Western military aid to their fledgling armed forces.
- 68% supported Western military trainers being sent to their country.
- 77% favored Western governance experts being sent to assist their new government.
- 56% opposed Western aid for Libyan political groups.
- 85% strongly supported NATO military action against Ghadafi.
- 89% expressed a favorable or very favorable view of the United Kingdom.
- 58% agreed that Libya and Britain should keep strong and close links with one another.
- 83% viewed then-Prime Minister David Cameron favorably.
- 76% agreed the country’s government should be chosen by the people in free, competitive elections.
- 68% considered the post-Ghadafi government — the National Transition Council — effective in helping to improve life Libya.