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Western intervention in Libya has been helpful because it shows Arabs that the international community supports their efforts for modernity and democracy and that it won’t stand by while autocratic leaders slaughter their own people.
Supporting the Arab Spring serves a strategic purpose for the West. The establishment of democracies, or at least more liberal democratizing government systems, throughout the region is beneficial because it creates more “dynamic stability” and in the process increases opportunity for young people in those countries, making them less vulnerable to recruitment by terrorist organizations.