Haven't We Seen This Movie Before?

By Jeffrey Goldberg

From The Times, a report on unsecured heat-seeking missiles gone missing in Libya:

The buildings are actually disguised warehouses full of munitions -- mortar shells, artillery rounds, antitank missiles and more -- thousands of pieces of military ordnance that are completely unguarded more than two weeks after the fall of the capital.

Perhaps most interesting of all is what is no longer there, but until recent days apparently was: shoulder-fired heat-seeking missiles of the type that could be used by terrorists to shoot down civilian airliners. American authorities have long been concerned that Libyan missiles could easily find their way onto the black market.

Look, it's not as we haven't been warned that freedom is untidy.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/09/havent-we-seen-this-movie-before/244721/