From The Nation:
We’re pleased to post “An Open Letter to the Left on Libya” by Juan Cole, a Nation contributor and esteemed scholar of the Middle East and the Muslim world. Cole’s letter originally appeared on his blog, www.juancole.com, on March 27.
Click here to listen to a Q&A podcast between Professor Cole and Nation editor-in-chief Katrina vanden Heuvel—raising a set of issues that emerge from his letter.
As I expected, now that Qaddafi’s advantage in armor and heavy weapons is being neutralized by the UN allies’ air campaign, the liberation movement is regaining lost territory. Liberators took back Ajdabiya and Brega (Marsa al-Burayqa), key oil towns, on Saturday into Sunday morning, and seemed set to head further West. This rapid advance is almost certainly made possible in part by the hatred of Qaddafi among the majority of the people of these cities. The Buraiqa Basin contains much of Libya’s oil wealth, and the Transitional Government in Benghazi will soon again control 80 percent of this resource, an advantage in their struggle with Qaddafi.
Read more here: An Open Letter to the Left on Libya | The Nation.