Let’s turn to the domestic scene for guidance. The healthiest democracies are those in which there are visible divisions in society. A country where the ruling party gets 100% of the vote and everyone is supposedly of one mind about social issues is never a very happy place to be from the perspective of liberty – North Korea is a great example. A ‘united’ people tends to be an oppressed one.
Much the same applies to the NATO actions that removed Khaddafi and turned Libya into an anarchic shambles that is now ripe for take-over by Islamic State and/or al-Qaeda. Would they have done it had there been a significant regional Soviet presence? Again, I think not.