In an interesting video, Zahra Langhi, an activist and co-founder of the Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace (LWPP) remembers her grandmother’s words: “Son, Resist Gaddafi. Fight him! But don’t you ever turn into a Gaddafi-like revolutionary”. Her grandmother would most certainly burst into tears looking at her country’s situation today with the State falling apart and rebels who definitely became Gaddafi-like fighters.
Two years have passed since the Libyan revolution ousted the 42 year-long dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi. Yet, it seems that since its beginnings, the revolution was doomed. First, because the fact that Gaddafi was overthrown thanks to a foreign intervention (i.e. NATO), had terrible consequences for the Libyans. Each militia claims it is responsible for the victorious revolutions but none was able to organize itself into a political actor. A power vacuum thus remains as the government is completely incapable of controlling the dozens of militias. Civil war between Gaddafians and the rebels may have ended two years ago, but the environment that replaced it, strongly resembles its belligerent predecessor.
Strangely, the rest of the world seems to ignore this. Only the killing of the US ambassador Chris Stevens in September 2012 made the headlines of our newspapers. Yet, not only the ambassador and his guards were not the only foreigners who were murdered, as everyday Libyans wake up to the tragic news of their compatriots’ assassinations. Police officers, militaries and public servants are the everyday target of militias. To worsen the situation, many say that the South of the country is becoming the “new Mali”, i.e. a haven for terrorist organizations to proliferate.
Is the lack of information that actually reaches us concerning Libya a consequence of our Western guilt for intervening in the civil war and leaving it without a solution?