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Absolute Lawlessness: Libyan “Democracy” Two Years After NATO Air War

Voice of Russia
February 15, 2013

Libyan-style “democracy”: two years without Gaddafi
Andrei Smirnov


“NATO air strikes threw the once prospering country by African standards back into the Middle Ages, and still worse, they plunged it into a civil war. The West used military force to install an obedient yet unpopular regime unable to deal with the religious and tribal feud that is tearing the country apart. Libyan oil and gas – that was the main target of NATO’s military intervention…”


Mass protests are sweeping across Libya as the country marks the second anniversary of the beginning of a civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi. Two years after the fall of the Gaddafi regime, no new constitution has been drafted.

The new authorities have obviously failed to maintain law and order. Crime is rampaging and popular discontent is on the rise. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has shut the borders with neighboring Egypt and Tunisia from February 14 to 18 as a security precaution.

Though the anti-Gaddafi revolt erupted on February 17, the main celebrations will take place on the 15th. Airport security is being tightened. Meanwhile, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines have suspended all flights to Libya until the 17th, citing “tensions on the grounds”. Earlier, Germany, France, Canada and other countries urged their citizens to immediately leave Benghazi over the imminent threat of terrorist attacks. Security is being tightened in the capital Tripoli and also in Benghazi where four U.S. diplomats were killed in a bloody raid on the U.S. consulate last September.

With anarchy and marauding flourishing in border areas where once strict law and order reigned under Gaddafi, most Libyans, particularly in the east, have been outraged by the authorities’ inaction. In addition to local extremists and “adventure seekers”, terrorists of all sorts, including groups of jihadists from Mali, have been pouring in. The “democracy” the West had once been so fervent in forcing upon Libya looks more like medieval rule, says Director of the Cairo-based Java Center for Political Studies Rifaat Sayed Ahmad.

“NATO air strikes threw the once prospering country by African standards back into the Middle Ages, and still worse, they plunged it into a civil war. The West used military force to install an obedient yet unpopular regime unable to deal with the religious and tribal feud that is tearing the country apart. Libyan oil and gas – that was the main target of NATO’s military intervention in the name of the noble goal of freeing ordinary Libyans from Colonel Gaddafi’s dictatorship, as one French TV program put it.”

The unhappy outcome is hardly a surprise and had been foreseen by analysts even before the intervention began, says Russian political scientist Stanislav Tarasov.

“Not just Russian analysts but Western ones as well made such forecasts. Libya is fragmented and may, in prospect, split into two or even three states. Some territories ruled by certain tribal clans have set up their own borders. In this situation, attempts by the so-called central government to adopt an all-Libyan law, a constitution accepted by all, appear to be doomed. The West which initiated the ‘Arab spring’ in Libya can offer nothing except the use of force.”

No immediate improvements should be expected though. Boris Dolgov, a senior researcher at the Center for Arabic Studies in Moscow, notes that Libya is a long way from stabilization. It is actually the hotbed of instability for the entire North Africa.

“We are witnessing a spread of radical Islamism, as in the case of Mali and Algeria. The events in Mali and Libya are closely intertwined. Gaddafi waged a war on radical extremism and kept the situation under control. More than 600 Islamists were in jails. After the fall of Gaddafi, they walked free and joined radical groups, including those operating in Mali.”

Libya today is “a territory of absolute lawlessness”, as some Arab analysts call it, or rather it’s a powder keg to which a blazing torch has already been brought.

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  1. AR
    February 16, 2013 at 8:27 am

    The balkanization of Libya and the spread of destabilization throughout the Middle East and North Africa is not an accident.

    It is willlful, deliberate, and criminal to the core.

    It’s a classic example of a Western imperialist tactic: divide and conquer. Balkanize nations and smash strong governments into weak, pliabe microstates that can be easily controlled.

    The British in particular are masters of this Machiavellian tactic, as they display a perverse instinct in sniffing out any potential sectarian divide (religious, ethnic, racial, tribal, ideological, etc) in a targetted nation and exploiting it for Britain’s predatory interests.

    This British imperial tactic has of course been passed on to the spawn of the British Empire: the American Empire.

    Today, Americans euphemistically call this tactic “creative destruction.”

  2. Kathleen
    February 18, 2013 at 2:24 am

    The sectarian divide is tragically true enough. But the western tactic is to pave the way for, promote during the conflict, and post conflict, continue to point to this aspect as the main feature of the destabilization. Look, how (XYZ) can’t handle democracy, look how they can’t live together! First use it (it being the extremism, desire for secession and promises of later “independence”, democracy and “being western”, leverage existing desire for a uni-ethnic or religious state – whatever means of manipulation is possible) and then keep the focus and narrative solely on the sectarian issues post conflict. The breakup of Yugoslavia is the fault of only one guilty (ethnic religious) party to this day. Ask most westerners for a recap…Bondsteel, what is it there for?

    That is why other puzzle pieces have to be looked at and questioned besides the prevailing western narrative, such as: What corporations, individuals and banks benefitted? Who lost contracts or future alliances? Who is supporting the flow of arms, mercenaries, logistical training of same, intelligence involvement, secret economic subversion (Yugoslavia, Reagan administration) sanctions, and all the harm they cause the population(s).

    For instance, Africa is flooded with arms http://www.acus.org/natosource/looted-arms-libya-may-have-turned-tide-mali-conflict and other assorted contraband:

    Now we hear a staggering coincidence that Libya must be stabilized…
    Paradoxically, international action in support of the Libyan people led to this whole mess, yet it is also the key to resolving it.

    After viewing the puzzle for awhile, other psychological trickery starts to be noticeable. Besides the “blame the despot” or blame the (ethnic or religious villain population) there is the “call it successful” technique, used for Libya by both Rasmussen and high ranking British and American officials. Just bad guys and good guys, how simple is that! http://www.voltairenet.org/article171796.html

    It is not a fun shell game to watch when creative villains destroy so many lives of regular people.

  3. Ahmed
    May 6, 2013 at 10:27 am

    All info in this article and comments are weeiping about losing Russian Influence in Libya , and soon in Syrai What ever you say , I live now as true Libyan happily in Tripoli , i Promise that in a couple of years security will be perfect , Political Isolation law passed yesterday , Do Russians have Democracy , I Google your president ras Putin I find him as hero ,Champion,Sailor,cowboy,Judu karate player ….etc
    Do post my comment please ! (I urge you )

    • richardrozoff
      May 6, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      And the fact that immediately after the savage murder of Muammar Gaddafi, the day after Hillary Clinton visited Tripoli to order his killing, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and American ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder identified Libya as a candidate for NATO’s Mediterranean Dialogue military partnership in no manner – according to your logic- reflects Western geopolitical designs in Africa and the Mediterranean, right?

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