- Posted August 25, 2011 by
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Libya What Happens Now?
The conflict in Libya echoes the “Arab Spring” as the media is touting as part of the movement in the Middle East to topple the dictatorial regimes. For the third time now, a dictator has been successfully over thrown. The question remains, what happens now?
As with most revolutions, the violent overthrow of a tyrannical government comes with the burning question of what happens in the aftermath. In the case of Libya, this is a huge question because we do not know any popular figures within the society or have very little information about the elite of that country.
The Rebels were finally able to release themselves from the yoke of Qadaffi after six months of fighting and many years of having to withstand a tyrant. With the assistance of military advisers from the West and America, and the assistance of their NATO alliance military equipment such as air force fighter jets and drones, they were able to secure their now hard fought freedom.
A concern for myself, and others alike, is that the situation will be exploited for what Libya has, which is oil. Most wars, if not all, are the direct result of economic, monetary, resource necessity or need and not great moral or political ideas, the latter are normally secondary in nature. The latter are the outcome of those economics which than leads the way to political reform, progress or regression.
We, in America and the West must not allow corporate greed to dictate policy, and it is imperative that we must allow the Libyan people to decide for themselves who will either benefit or not benefit from the situation. The most important thing for them right now is not to give out lucrative contracts to the highest corporate bidder, but rather to establish law and order, a general peace, to establish domestic institutions that will serve the interest of their tribes, but most importantly the people.
This is an opportune time, for the Western world to show the Libyan people the great advantages of Western values, political thought and advances. It is an opportunity, for us, to be the example of how Western values of human rights, political thought, government and theory has worked for the West and America, and how it can work for the people of Libya, too. However, this is not to imply or suggest that the Libyan people should also adopt our immorality.
I must stress and repeat, it is not our decision to decide for the Libyan people what form of government they should have, but rather, we show them, this is what works us, and has hundreds of years, and this is what could work for them by showing them by example and not by force. We show them the superiority of our Western values and the benefits of those values they will reap by our example. All we have to do is point at the success stories of Japan and Korea,, and Eastern Europe who adopted those some of those Western values, who have advanced their societies far beyond what was predicted. It is not to say that there will not be problems because Western values will be foreign to those who have never have experienced values such as human rights, the respect for freedom of speech, freedom of religion and of the press, and the desperate need for the separation of church and state.
This is not to say or imply in any way that the Libyan people should abandon their culture, islamic faith, even though there people who disagree with the tenets of that faith. However, they should evaluate for themselves of the many examples of when religion and politics are integrated, it simply does not work. All one needs to do is look at the evidence or facts found in many countries through out the Middle East and surrounding regions. At the same time, I do not doubt the sincerity of the mass of those men and women, who used their culture and islamic faith to rally their fellow countrymen to rid themselves of a tyrant in exchange for freedom as they believe and see it.
Finally, this can not be stressed enough, we must not allow the same greed of those who came before us to be allowed to repeat the events of 1954 in Iran with the over throw of Mosaddegh and their democratic institutions unless we wish to repeat the events that lead to Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. Even today, we are still reaping the benefits of that revolution in Iran which a theocracy and government that is hostile to the United States and the West with good reason. It is my opinion that President Obama should make this crystal clear not only to U.S. corporate entities, and politicians but also foreign entities that wish to exploit the situation to their advantage; this is the time for him to lead by example and not force or greed unless we wish to repeat the very same sins of our forefathers.
I end this commentary with the immortal words by Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of our republic and the architect of our Declaration of Independence, wrote these words, "the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants," I believe him to be correct in his statement even after 200 years.