Throughout human history, nations have witnessed countless downfalls only to rise once again and rebuild what has been destroyed. In order to survive, humans find it necessary to change what is wrong and create news ways for survival, a certain method of change is revolution, where a people rise against an unjust leader with the hope of improving the future of their state. Accordingly, many countries in the Middle East are experiencing the tide of change that accompanies a revolution, most prominently, the state of Libya prior to Gaddafi’s overthrow and death.
None can deny that in the short term Libya will suffer from the lack of stability and security; however this will only be an obstacle on the road to success. In the long term, Libya will benefit greatly from the social change and freedom; hopefully Libyans will be free to determine their own future, they will be able to regain their regional importance and build a prosperous state. As long as the people strive for the betterment of their nation, no one can stop them no matter how strong they are, this is evident in the Libyan perseverance throughout the revolution.
Gaddafi ruled Libya for over 41-years under an autocratic system with no political freedom whatsoever; this meant that the Libyan people were denied their right for political growth and awareness. Therefore, one of the most successful outcomes of the Libyan revolution is the prospect for political growth. A society will thrive only when its people reach a certain level of social maturity, with political freedom the masses will go through a process of trial and error, where they experiment with the political experiences until they can decide what is right for them. Libya will be motivated by its neighbours, both Tunisia and Egypt are becoming more socially mature; this will encourage the Libyans to adapt to the political environment and reach the needed level of maturity. Moreover, political parties will have the freedom to adjust and develop their dialogue with the people; they will no longer be isolated and suppressed as they were under Gaddafi’s rule. Also, this revolution will offer opportunities for the exiled Libyan opposition to return to Libya and take part in the building of their nation.
Some cynics may argue that the fragile state of Libya will give way for multinational and western companies to exploit the rich resources of Libya, although their argument is partially right, the danger is quite exaggerated. Firstly, since the occupation of Iraq the West has lost interest in strengthening its hegemonic influence over the region; certainly the people of Western nations will not harbor anymore risky interventions. Also, the influence of these companies can only be drastic if there is a local response to it in Libya, it is clear that Libyans have learnt from the experiences of their neighbor not to leave their fate in the hands of others. Hence, the outlook for economic development is more promising than it was under Gaddafi’s rule.
Every revolution is a new beginning; it a process of rebirth under which a people must endure and suffer in order to succeed and prosper in the near future. Consequently, every revolution experiences a counter-revolution that works to slow down the movement for change; this only lasts in the short term. Libyans will not settle down for less than they can achieve, they paid a great price for freedom and they are hopeful for their future. It will be a risky road to success but they have proven to the world that they are ready to take the risk. Success is inevitable for Libya.
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