The second get-together of the Opposition, in 3 years, comes in not very pleasant climate, to say the least. Several withdrawals matched by mutual accusations of retreats and reversals, etc. were some of the noisome snippets that could be gleaned from the roundabout and above the heads writings and declarations that have seeped out so far into the public arena. An atmosphere of distrust and diminishing enthusiasm, not to mention membership qualms, are some of the problems facing an ever disoriented, heterogeneous, and shaky organizations. Thus the suspicions are increasing of the incapacity of the Opposition in its present form to continue its mission. The venue chosen, once again, London, compounded the doubts since GB, seems, is still the preferred refuge for most of the disgruntled lot of the ancient regime, including the claimant to the throne! These when added to a lack of a relevant happenings on the home front to warrant such a call for consultations, then ill-timing becomes the minor question.
This disarray was, in part, perhaps due to the chain reactions overwhelming world events to be sorted out and understood, in time, for a position to be formulated on how to proceed. Broad fronts and coalitions, by their nature, don't have the flexibility to react spontaneously nor the resiliency to adapt the new without prolonged mulling and consultations. They may work when there's some agreed upon platform or specific program but only for a time and to a certain extent. The wear and tear and the corrosion of the original concordant will soon flay the edges and begin to attack the entire fabric.
The increasing voices for realism and pragmatism were not only out of misreading of the nature of the oppositions in 3-World in general and Libya in particular, but perhaps out of concern (and desperation) that a not well-cohesive Opposition will end up chasing the mirage of wishful thinking. There's always the risk of idealism! But Libyan opposition is far from the stage of practicing politics as 'art of the possible'! One can venture to say: they are still in the phase of the 'art of the impossible'. Scattered, persecuted , and with very few resources at their disposal, when compared with the regime, they literally are no different than David vs. Goliath! Asking the impossible, only this side of performing miracles, will not lead, in the ordinary calculations of the odds and probabilities, to real tangible results. However, history is also replete with cases where the winners, according to bean counters, had no chance. Out of history's mixed bag, few things come out clear: Sincere commitment, a steely will, and a clear vision of where is going, are recipes that history has shown, over and over again, to be work magic. Without a determination to blaze the future and a fertile imagination to picture it, whatever is done will only work to perpetuate the status quo.
It does seem, from this far, there's an atmosphere of panic among the top brass. The generals, and we've to admit there are more of them than the troop numbers would warrant, perhaps, have realized how low must be the morale of the remaining troops, and how difficult is becoming to marshal them to call, not to say count on their readiness and effectiveness. Above the simmering fire, there may be loom some semblance of quite and optimism. But, the meeting has a whiff of covering up something and pretending to be more than what in actuality the "Opposition" is. To call a disparate lot for a confab in the absence of pressing circumstances or clear motives was basically singling the existence of a deep crisis in the coalition. If this scenario holds, then maybe the crisis itself was the reason and the subject of the meeting. Stay tuned. There's more to come!