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Libya: Fear of the Unknown; The Stall Between Hope and Pain


By: Omar Rhuma

Omar Rhuma
Omar Rhuma

There are those who believe that the West makes terrorism, preserves it, and uses it when needed. The West intervened to protect the civilians in 2011, but the country after that fell into a crisis that may destroy it entirely if the matter is not addressed.

After four years, we received the IS scarecrow and the Hollywood films. Very accurately, the time and place were set. Some shallow people who worship money were used, from various nationalities, by some security companies, following intelligence planning by countries whose interest lies in the instability of the region. The last tragedy is this humanitarian crisis and the stories we hear about Sirt and the areas surrounding it, whose victims were dozens of innocent people in district 3.

In this environment, amid this severe political division, and in the absence of vision by the new leaders, the Arab League decided to intervene to fight terrorism and support the interim government with weapons to fight it after the destruction Benghazi and the failure to control it. Work is still underway to pass a supportive decision by the Security Council.

Amid this tense environment, there are those who lead the scene on the other side, seeking to gain time, or more accurately, waste more time without seeing a way out of the crisis, so that we find ourselves before more division, attacks, and hatching of ISIS in other cities. Terrorism expanded all over the country, and there is no choice but to intervene to maintain what is more important that protecting civilians to the West, the oil crescent.

On the other hand, we might find it strange that there is an international wish for stability in this country, not for the love of Libyans certainly, but due to the importance of the oil lake and the geographic location that ties east to west, which is the central region, Sirt and its surroundings, as well as the proximity to European shores.

We are now in ongoing marathon rounds of dialogue, stalling every once in a while, threats of sanctions and military intervention, and fears of losing the remaining resources. We have a deficit of 25 billion in the budget of 2014 and 19 billion in the 2015 budget. Stalling prevails.

We may ask, can we alone make the decision of stability? Or are we merely cogs in the tragic process and a stage for the foggy scene that we certainly are a part of?

There is no doubt that we are not alone in making this tragedy, in the absence of an effective role, in the absence of leadership, in the absence of accountability, in the absence of the theft of billions and the pillaging of resources. Such is the situation, from bad to worse.

We have no choice but to stand in the way of calls for intervention and the conspiracy to cause us more diaspora because the world will not stand idly by as it watches the ongoing European economic collapse.

Our dialogue ebbs and flows like the waves of the sea, between hope and fear. Only the people pay the price, the beneficiaries of drowning in debt and blood is the scary unknown that we sense but do not see.