So I’m sure you all know that there is something happening in the Arab countries across the world that smells a bit like rebellion. Egypt fought and won; and now it seems that Libya has jumped on the bandwagon and are trying their hand at fighting and, hopefully, winning. But what is all this raucous about?
Maummar Qaddafi is what one would call a dictator. He has been referred to as “the leader” , for fear of attracting attention, by his people for 42 years. It was becoming clear that his son would have taken over control of Libya after his father had this uprising not occurred. Qaddafi is eccentric, suppressive, and often refers to his own people as “backward”.
Oil is the economy in Libya, but compared to other Arab oil-rich states, Libya is lacking. Unemployment stands at 30 percent and those who do have jobs, only work part time. Naturally they can afford to do so because the government largely subsidises the cost of basics; such as rice, sugar and gasoline. About half the population is under the age of 18 and with no need to work, they choose not to. Creating a cycle of apathetic youth, leading into apathetic adulthood.
So then what seems to be the problem? Besides the evident lack of rights? And the fact that this is indeed a dictatorship? Well Qaddafi was previously a very prominent pro-terrorist force. But now he has joined the ranks of the Americans and is now fighting against Al Qaeda like most of the sensible world. In 2006, he agreed to stop developing weapons of mass destruction and in turn the US and UN lifted economic sanctions.
But for the real controversy. Qaddafi was a very vocal international supporter of the plight of Palestine. But recently, he has said that Palestine has no real claim for the land and suggested a bi-nation of Isratine. This utterly outraged the Muslims of Libya, as well as the banned organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood, who will probably gain power when Qaddafi is expelled. NOTE: the use of the word when.
On the 17th of Feb, pro-democracy protesters planned a day of rage, but on the 15th a prominent lawyer was arrested and the police started firing on the protesters. Qaddfi has said, “We will fight until the last man, until the last woman, until the last bullet.”
So now there is mass violence. Protesters are being shot, children are dying, and Qaddafi has the country on lock down. The internet has been shut off, satellite signal has been blocked, and they are attempting to silence the media.
Public buildings are on fire, airplanes are destroying the country and her people, there is a media blackout.
Your move, UN.