The deadline date enforced by the new Libyan government (and the National Transitional Council) on the revolutionaries to give up their weapons and arms (20th December) surpassed with failure and was ignored by the revolutionaries. But we must ask ourselves, was this deadline date really necessary?
At a recent meeting concerning the future of Libya, a very knowledgeable, intelligent fellow who calls himself a ‘Libyan analyst’ from a top London university (he is a non-Libyan) wondered why the revolutionaries (he degradingly referred to them as militias) , still enjoy so much control and power over the country. He was questioning why the revolutionaries are more powerful than the central government, and was even baffled as to why the revolutionaries control most of the weapons and arms in the country. According to this expert and many other Libyan analysts (who are all of notable status), Libya will (apparently) become a ‘failed’ state if the government do not have 100% full power of the country and the weapons. This appears to be a very popular opinion amongst these so called ‘analysts’.
It appears that many have short term memory with regards to the role of the revolutionaries in bringing down Gadaffi and his machine. Let us remind the experts that our revolutionaries started with nothing and paid an extremely heavy price for our liberation (it is estimated by some sources that 50,000+ were martyred during the 8 month battle). The National Transitional Council had very little, if anything, to do with winning this struggle against Gadaffi and his machine.
We really need to remember the plain-as-day fact, that the NTC and the newly appointed government had nothing to do with this revolution. They neither led it nor started it. This revolution arose from the raw commitment of the people and not by political ambition. According to bits of information that are slowly leaking out now, the NTC tried to reign the revolution in, luckily without success, and later made every attempt to hijack it and claim its success. For example, notable members of the NTC attending international meetings on behalf of the revolution. In addition, it is unbelievable but sadly true, the NTC appears to be signing international agreements/contracts on behalf of the revolution and the country, and we do not really know neither the details nor the extent of these agreements/contracts! An example of their power of judgement could be summed up in a statement made by an extremely notable member of the NTC, where he said ‘the revolutionaries should now lay their arms and go home’. This was said before Gadaffi was actually captured. At that time the country was still struggling and no clear vision had yet been established. But apparently, this gentleman was in a hurry to strip the revolutionaries of their weapons. What he was really saying was that: ‘you have done enough boys, now let us the grown ups finish the job, because it really should be us in charge now’. Luckily, they ignored him.
It is essential that we all remember that ‘transitional’ essentially means temporary, not an appointed government! Quite frankly, as far as we are told by the NTC a government has indeed been appointed. So what happened to the ‘transitional’? Has it now become perhaps, permanent? …Forever?
It brings me back to the original question of ‘why do the revolutionaries enjoy so much power over the country?’ and ‘why do they control most of the weapons?’ to which I would respond with a very loud ‘why shouldn’t they?! They made the revolution!’.
Over 90% of the NTC are ex-Gadaffi employees and workers who appear to have appointed themselves, have zero experience other than takingorders from Gadaffi – hardly what a new Libya really needs. Actually, we need that kind of experience like we need bullets in our heads. This type of council simply should not be in charge of a ‘modern Arab state’. On top of the fact that not all members of the NTC are known to us. Our revolutionaries have every right to be more powerful than the central government or the NTC or both. Neither organisations enjoys a great deal of credibility and have not shown any proof or indication that they can be trusted or that they are even capable of running our country. With all this said, I find it almost as offensive that the NTC and the new government would dare to enforce a ‘deadline’ on the revolutionaries to give up their arms and weapons!
This government is not credible, there is something very mysterious, unsettling and untruthful about them, and our revolutionaries will not and should not surrender to these people who have appointed themselves and given themselves the job of ‘leading the country’.
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