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Don't rush to celebrate post-Gaddafi era


Profile: Libya's fallen leader Muammar Gaddafi




Libyan people celebrate the death of the Libyan fallen leader Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli, Libya, Oct. 20, 2011. Mahmoud Jibril, head of the Libyan National Transitional Council's executive committee, confirmed Thursday that former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in gun battle in his hometown Sirte. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)


by Wei Jianhua

BEIJING, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Resorting to the most violent means to effect a change, the armed forces of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) and NATO have finally taken control of Muammar Gaddafi's last stronghold of Sirte and are embracing the real arrival of the post-Gaddafi era.

The Libyan people have paid a costly price for the change. The months-long civil war has completely paralysed the country's national economy, ruined its lifeline oil industry, unleashed tribal forces and left a heavy toll of casualties.

With Gaddafi's demise, the Libyan people are stepping into a new era. However, there are reasons to remain cautious, or at least not too optimistic, about the country's future as no one has any illusions about a quick and easy solution to the tremendous difficulties lying ahead.

Take a look at Iraq! The Iraqi people, many of whom once were rejoiced at the death of their former leader Saddam Hussein, have now been subject to frequent bomb and suicide attacks as the country has descended into bloody factionalism.

The hard fact is that the interim government has to manage the high expectations of the Libyan people and face tremendous tasks such as an underlying power struggle.

Currently, the big question is how long the transitional period will last in the crisis-torn North African country now that Gaddafi is gone.

The answer to this largely lies with the NTC itself. Since the common goal of toppling Gaddafi's rule in Libya has been achieved, can the NTC maintain its unity, establish a new cause, strike a sustainable power balance and secure a national reconciliation?

For the NTC, it will be an extremely complicated and arduous mission to establish a national political structure that includes a parliament, various levels of governments, an army and a police force.

Till now, the NTC has been crammed with figures holding different political viewpoints, including many defected officials from the Gaddafi era. And the NTC, though recognized by many countries, is not free of power struggles.

What's more, some factions have voiced disapproval of the NTC, while others only see themselves as regional forces.

Fresh from months of fierce fighting against the forces loyal to Gaddafi, the NTC now needs tremendous efforts and more time to unite the various factions in a bid to gain full control of the whole situation.

What's also fueling the uncertainty about Libya's future is the involvement of foreign powers, which may seek to have a hand in the post-Gaddifi era for their own benefit.

With an outcome of the Libyan civil war that would have been totally different without NATO's bombing backup, is it the time now for the foreign powers to demand something in return?

The political change in Libya is part of the transformation of the Middle East. Domestic and foreign powers will gradually show up in Libya to grab or expand their interests in the country. As a result, Libya will be confronted with an increasingly complex situation and more variables in the future.

From an old regime to a new era, Libya is undergoing a drastic and arduous transformation.

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Gaddafi killed in gun battle as Libya's ruling NTC controls Sirte

TRIPOLI, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Libya's fallen leader Muammar Gaddafi died of wounds around Thursday noon after his capture in Sirte, after nearly two months on the run, as fighters of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) claimed control of Gaddafi's hometown.

Mahmoud Jibril, head of the NTC's executive committee, confirmed Thursday at a press conference held in Tripoli that Gaddafi, who has ruled the North African country for 42 years, was killed in his hometown Sirte, some 450 km east of Tripoli.    Full story

Gaddafi's death clears hurdle in Libya, but no guarantee for smooth sailing

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that the death of Libya's ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya, while admitting there is still a long road ahead for the country.

Experts here noted while Gaddafi's death clears an important hurdle for the country to move forward, daunting challenges remain in its path toward rebuilding the war-ravaged country and establishing a functioning government.     Full story

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Post time 2011-10-21 17:38:20 |Display all floors
Originally posted by SMITHI at 2011-10-21 17:06
Don't rush to celebrate post-Gaddafi era
Profile: Libya's fallen leader Muammar Gaddafi

Libyan  ...
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I see two countries coming out of this ...........

With all the different factions, ethnicities and guns ............

Tripoli and Benghazi are so far apart in relative terms that I believe there will be no agreement .........



Think of Yugoslavia and Tito .............

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Post time 2011-10-21 18:50:14 |Display all floors
Originally posted by expatter at 2011-10-21 17:38
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I see two countries coming out of this ...........

With all the different factions, ethnicities and guns  ...


Yes Expatter , division on tribal and political level are more than obvious.
USA is one big w## that use Islamic extremism and radicalism in fight against Russia and China  one day and kick them in azz next day. USA have no moral standing whatsoever in both cases.
I found interesting article in Press TV today and laughed about similarity between

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Talebans and NTC in Libya.

US faults propped Taliban: Musharraf
Fri Oct 21, 2011

Former Pakistani president and military chief, Parvez MusharrafFormer Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says the re-emergence of Taliban is due to American mistakes in Afghanistan, as Washington renewed pressure on Islamabad to dismantle militant sanctuaries.


Addressing an audience in the southern US State of Arkansas on Thursday, Musharraf said relations between Pakistan and the US have reached their lowest point and plagued by 搕otal mistrust,?the Associated Press reported.

The former US-backed military dictator said Pakistan has not done enough to flush out militants but rejected Washington's allegations that Islamabad was backing the Taliban.

Musharraf's remarks came as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who arrived in Islamabad on a two-day visit on Thursday, has delivered a tough message to Pakistan on the likelihood of taking action against the militants.

"We intend to push the Pakistanis very hard as to what they are willing and able to do with us... to remove the safe havens and the continuing threats across the border to Afghans," Clinton said in talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday.

The US has threatened to wage a unilateral war against militants in Pakistan but has faced adverse reactions in Islamabad with military leaders vowing to retaliate against any such attacks on Pakistani soil.

The former Pakistani military chief, however, said that neither Pakistan nor the US could flush out militants on their own.

"Perhaps a hit-and-run action with helicopter like they did with Osama bin Laden but then how many such actions can they do? And they will suffer a lot of casualties," Musharraf said.

If US forces go to Pakistan's tribal regions to attack the Taliban, they (American forces) 搘ill be totally bogged down,?Musharraf added.

During a two-hour meeting between Clinton and Pakistani authorities on Thursday, Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani urged the US to 揼ive peace a chance?in the decade-long war on militancy.

US-Pakistani relations were overshadowed with mistrust after American special forces allegedly killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad in early May.

Bilateral ties further deteriorated in September when Washington accused Islamabad of backing the Taliban-linked Haqqani network of militants that the US blames for high-profile attacks on its embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

The Taliban regime was toppled when the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001. However, the militants regrouped and have been waging hit-and-run attacks against the invading US-led forces across Afghanistan.

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Post time 2011-10-21 18:55:22 |Display all floors
I fear we'll see an islamist ruled country...

The liberals are already on retreat.
Patria est ubicunque bene/Obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit

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Post time 2011-10-21 18:59:27 |Display all floors
Originally posted by Alex2010 at 2011-10-21 18:55
I fear we'll see an islamist ruled country...

The liberals are already on retreat.

Yes , almost certain result.

There is no way Libya can pass test of time , only barbaric Sharia or some other form of Islamic rule can keep them together as one country.

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Post time 2011-10-21 19:10:01 |Display all floors
Originally posted by SMITHI at 2011-10-21 18:59

Yes , almost certain result.

There is no way Libya can pass test of time , only barbaric Sharia or some other form of Islamic rule can keep them together as one country.






not a bad idea if Libya merges with Iran to form the Federation of  IranLi

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Post time 2011-10-21 19:16:01 |Display all floors
Originally posted by SMITHI at 2011-10-21 18:59

Yes , almost certain result.

There is no way Libya can pass test of time , only barbaric Sharia or some other form of Islamic rule can keep them together as one country.


Is that the best one can hope for them?

Are we saying the situation is just hopeless?

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