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All The Other Kids Want One Too

The United States joined thirty other nations in recognizing Libya’s Transitional National Council as the “legitimate governing authority” of Libya last week. The move will eventually free up the nearly $32 billion formerly belonging to the Qaddafi government for use by the rebels.

Diplomatic status and billions of dollars in your enemy’s cash: now all the other kids want the same thing.  Syrian and Yemeni opposition movements are forming councils and transition groups; soon they will be asking for the car keys and the bank accounts.

They shouldn’t hold their breath: Secretary Clinton is still urging the Syrian opposition to work toward democracy in partnership with the Assad government. And in Yemen, the transitional council seems to be simply an attempt by young protestors to avoid being marginalized by powerful tribal and military groups in negotiations for a post-Saleh government.

Anyway, neither Syria nor Yemen has anything like the Great Loon of Libya’s oil money.  Still, let’s hope they get their acts together: Yemeni and Syrian oppositionists need all the unity and organization they can get.

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