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Wednesday, 2 March, 2011

Still too Early to Take that Step!

By: Ghoma

        Local councils, in the liberated cities, towns, and hamlets, yes! Coordination between and among these areas, yes again! But steps toward a central national authority should wait a bit more. No national decision should be hurried, by one side or the other, before its time comes. Even if it's in the form of a provisional or transitional something or another. No region should take decisions on its own, decisions that may only dampen the good will or further on become a hamper to national agreement. Every region should be able to enter the dialogue with no existing preconditions attached and no de facto realities. Libyans eventually will have to come together to set in motion what must be done. Thus until that time when the whole country, with all its various regions, is completely liberated from the chains still hobbling them, no need for central anything. And no need for contacts with other governments and powers either. These contacts would only add more ammunitions to the regime's propaganda machine to taint the uprisings as work of fifth-columnists and foreign agents! It'll feed further into Qaddafi's conspiratorial hallucinations and may only prolong the turmoil. And keep foreign 'advisors' from anywhere until the mess is over.

        Because any decision toward a central authority may will become a fact on the ground and obstacle to deal with later on. It'll become some sort of an existing institution, a precondition to reckon with. And god help Libya! It's more than its share of preconditions. There're already plenty of facts on the ground to deal with and obstacles to overcome. So let's not add more. The situation is still too fluid in many parts of the west and south to warrant any talk about central anything. For the simple fact these two regions of the west and south contain the bulk of the population, perhaps as high as 80% of Libya's, if in not more, residents in still contested areas. Thus a 'provisonal government' formed by the will of only 20% or less would only raise suspicions and may become an obstacle when time will come to form a transitional national authority to manage the country until a constitution and an election can be had.

        There's some history, a precedent if you will, against haste in taking premature decisions. Going slow and be cautious will serve better in the long run. Here's the rub! Similar, if not exactly the same situation arose during WWII. When the Allied Forces, mainly British forces, had marched from Egypt and overran the Italian and German Garrisons stationed in the eastern parts of the country. Cyrenaica was 'liberated,' actually fell first under the so-called protectorate terms of the Allied, before the rest of the country. The British, as usual eager to gain some grounds, had encouraged Mohammed Idris, who has been working with them back in his exile in Egypt, to declare himself the emir of Cyranaica and to take steps to form a government, promising him independence with or without the rest of the country. Idris fell for the bait and was ready to go with Cyranaica alone. The west and south had realized the insidious plan and grudgingly and hesitantly came to accept Idris as king over the whole country. Thus a unilateral decision which was taken by one person, perhaps with the help of few others, had forced the country to take a road not foreseen and a system of governing not to its likings. The area, where the first republic in the Arab world was declared, had to accept to semi-literate as a king. If all Libya came to accep a monarchical form of government, which had not been in its calculus before, it was only because some cool and wise heads saw it as the price the country has to pay to remain together. So aware of another de-ja-vu, once again! To avoid such a situation, therefore, no region should take any steps that would force the others to mull over. Let the door for the future be wide open until the country can come together to find a way to best meet the expectations of the just awakened millions.

        The contention that a unilateral decision which was taken by one or few individuals had imposed a path, the country would have probably been off better if Libya had not taken it. That decision need to be put in its contest. Libyan regions, historically, had a tumultious history with sometimes separate ways. Perhaps because of Cyranaica's history and geography, the region has stayed tribal. Mohammed Idris, and before him his ancestors, had sought protection from these tribes. Thus in time a deal was struck, and a modus vivandi was found, one side dealt with religion and politics and the other gave its allegiance and tributes. Even after Idris succeded in becoming a king of all Libya he never forgot the pact with his protectors, and kept those tribes close to both his heart and purse. The result was 17 years of unequal distribution of resources and power. Two capitals, six-months in each, one in the east, Benghazi, the other in the west, Tripoli. Until, that whitest of all elephants, al-beydha, was built, for no apparent purpose or sound motives, and became the knig's capital?

        In bringing these tidbits of facts, the purpose is not to bash anyone, or to put blames where they might be deserved, nor to rehash what some may take as a long bygone and forgotten piece of history, rather the purpose is simpler than all these, to forewarn all Libyans from repeating what took place not a long time ago. In dusting out this precedent to remind people to not repeat the past again. If history has any purpose is reminding people of their past mistakes –and not to repeat them again! The tasks Libyans have to face will emerge a bit at a time and will get clearer until it becomes limpid clear to eevryone: the one task after getting rid of the hallucinating-dictator and his regime, is to mindful of the history, especially its dark side, of the country. To remember of what had transpired back at the dawn of our latest attempt to stand on our feet and build a nation, when we'd tried to wake up from the ordeals of those long and torturous nighmares, just to find ourselves enslaved to the former slaves. The inattentiveness of our fathers, their poverty and lack of expertise in the ways of the world, had all contributed to laying the brittle grounds to what took place from WWII until now, that's the the fading away of some of the dreams the independence had triggered. Those dreams were quashed by the hands of, first that phony derwish of a king, Idris, and second by this clown in the garb of a colonel, Qaddafi. Thus Libya has lost 60 years to the tyranny and mismanagment of its two eccentric and unqualified rulers. Let's not waste more time.


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