Wherever people live, democracy remains the only viable vehicle to the protection of the rights of man, liberty, justice and the rue of law. Though the system is not perfect, it stands as man's best hope of governance by the people for the people.
As tomorrow's anniversary approaches marking the four-year fall of the dictator Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, some may question whether or not Libya's attempt at democracy has been worthwhile. The answer must be a resounding yes! Any attempt by a people to extend to each and every citizen the dignity of human rights, justice, liberty and the rule of law, is worth any struggle.
Unfortunately, in the places where dictatorships have suppressed the aspirations of people for lengthy periods of time, the struggle for democracy appears more violent and takes a longer to establish and to sustain the institutions of democracy. It is a direct result of the length of a dictatorship that determines and effects the length of time it take to establish a functioning democracy.
It must never be assumed that because of the struggle - often violent, that any extension or the installation of a new dictatorship could ever become a viable option to democracy. To accept such a fallacy would be to delay the inevitable aspiration of a people and lead to an even more violent struggle later.
Therefore, as Libya will eventually realize its democracy, so will Syria and other failed states emerging out of scores of years of dictatorships. While Egypt has found a questionable patch-work to democracy, Tunisia has found a model to success from which other nations could learn, thus affirming that the struggle for democracy remains noble and attainable.