Qaddafi 1, Libyan opposition 0

Despite America's military intervention, Libyan dictator Qaddafi is nowhere near relinquishing his position.

Faseeh Mangi April 12, 2011
While the US, the UK, France, Germany and other western allies have done all they could to oust Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi, they have failed.

In fact, if anything, the dictator, who has been in charge of the North African country for close to four decades is nowhere close to relinquishing his position.

In this, he has shown himself to be far more resilient than Hosni Mubarak and this may be slightly ironic given that the protesters off Libya got their inspiration in large part from their counterparts in Egypt.

However, unlike in the case of Egypt, the US saw in Libya an opportunity to intervene militarily. The nature of that intervention was vague and at various times, US officials kept saying that the intention was not to oust Qaddafi but to ensure that he did not attack his own people. However, even if the Americans and their allies thought that the situation was getting out of control in Libya, that did not give them the right to launch air strikes on the country.

Those who favour this intervention cite the fact that the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution supporting this and that the action took place after the resolution’s passage.

However, that ignores the fact that the situation has been similar in another Middle Eastern nation, Bahrain, but in reference to that no such resolution was passed by the UN and the West did not feel the need to intervene in any manner. In fact, if anything, the Saudi government has sent in troops to bolster the Bahraini government, presumably because of its close ties to the latter’s royal family.

With Qaddafi showing no signs of backing off and the rebel forces struggling for more than a month to take hold of strategic cities in the centre of the country, things have come back to the table for ‘talks’.

The Libyan rebellion against Qaddafi’s rule has also sent oil prices up about 25 per cent since the revolt began. In the most recent talks Qaddafi’s acting foreign minister met with Greece’s prime minister in an attempt to find a political solution.
Faseeh Mangi A senior sub-editor on the business desk of The Express Tribune who is currently finishing a masters degree in Business Administration.
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.


hamid majid abbasi | 13 years ago | Reply @faseeh I more than agree with your assessment, but there remains one outstanding difference between Qadaffi's Libya and Hosni's Egypt. Qadaffi, a tyrant, dictator,barbarian, fanatic whatever you call him was in no way a puppet. He has a history of "going my way or the highway". He has been tested aswell, from sanctions to isolation, the guy has remained firm. On the other hand, Libyan social condition is in no way close to what we saw in Egypt. With immense oil reserve but no free flow, Qadaffi still managed to give his masses their share. On the other hand Hosni deprieved his people not only economically, but with time made Egypt a true satellite state of US and Israel aswell, and his disgrace and departure was written on the wall. Honestly, "give the devil its due". Qadaffi is not loved, but still neither hated by many in Libya,and the intervention was clear that internally Libyan rebels failed to inspire the masses to overthrow him. Now ofcourse I cannot comment much, because its NATO which is spearheading the so called "popular revolution".
Hasan | 13 years ago | Reply True that. I think the world thought now is a good time to get rid of ruler who's been ruling with an iron fist and generally a victimizer. Does that mean the world is doing it for noble causes? Not at all, they probably have their own intentions with Libya. But it is fair to say there would be no love lost once Gadaffi steps down. As long as no foreign troops are sent into Libya, world powers can get away quite safely with their attacks. Unfortunately for the rebels, they're just not as effective as the egyptians. No military operations were carried out there simply because the sheer number of people was enough to force Mubarrak down. Again no love lost, its not like the egyptians or arab neihbors thought much of Gaddafi. Bahrain on the other hand was purely sociological, I dont think its leaders need to step down when overall people are alright with the rulers. Its just a matter of accomodating additional rights for its shiite community
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