By: Al Sanousi Bseikiri*
My obsession remains the reality of elite and the public opinion, the level of awareness, and how the elite and activist deal with
Libyan situation, Arabic and international affairs, especially that related to that frenetic conflict that divides the country.
The debate about the Russian-Turkish crisis, for example, was no less heated between the Libyan activists or parties to the crisis itself, which raises concern and calls to stand on the reasons for the controversy, its aftermath and its effects.
the state of awareness in the Libyan street should be the basis for evaluation of the current situation, thermometerfor directing local politics and positions of the political parties.
I argue that reaching consensus, brokered by the United Nations, depends on public and elite awareness, which lacks required wisdom to defuse the conflict and delinquency for calm and reconciliation.
One can follow what is written and posted via social media, TV stations and public conversations in the streets, to fully understands intellectual and psychological state of the biggest spectrum of Libyans. Frustration is the master of the situation. Accusing the contender with the most awful words possible is common among all those you read or listen to.
Conflict moved from political, intellectual circles to intractable psychological state, in the sense that it turned from differences and disagreement in positions and opinions to rejection and hatred accompanied by active efforts to express this hatred in various aspects, so you become sad and depressed of what you read from polemics, insults, cursing and incitement against the other.
You even don’t need to investigate the trustworthiness of what is written, because hatred became a justification to accept lies and defamation, put it equally with truth. A prominent mark is deliberate absence of wisdom to accept everything that is said against the other opponent even charges cannot be accepted by any sane person.
Any society with such situation can’t change to better, can’t achieve development or renaissance, here comes the severity of the crisis, the biggest challenge facing the country.
The dilemma today isn’t the political strife nor armed confrontations, as reasons of political conflict or armed clashes can be easily wiped out. But repercussions of the psychological distortions, extremists ideas and hatred originated form the crisis that won’t fade the moment consensus is achieved or ceasefire or forming the Government of National Accord, it will be always used as fuel and arson by those who have different interests inside and outside.
Hatred with its ideological and legal concepts are available and common in the local discourse of Libya, and the focus of expression for a wide sector of activists via social media and other arenas of expression.
I stress on such state where differences and odds turned from just political or intellectual positions to definite refusal for opponents and desire to eradicate its presence with every possible mean, recalling all what is right and wrong in history, and all that can be harnessed and twisted into the contemporary reality to prove the other risk and justify violence against the other, to justify destroying the other and even make it desired from public opinion.
We may understand some reasons for hatred, in context of mistakes and excesses of the other side. But what is common now in Libya is that heated speech to amplify errors and risk of the offender, in order to provoke a state of fear from the other in public opinion to be viable for refusing to and responsive to the planned elimination.
This programmed aggravation is grave which has its social repercussions, the result will be a broken, helpless society steeped in fear, enmity and hatred. This is one of major factors leading to fragmentation of any country, and the main inhibitor in front of moving forward to growth and advancement.
That’s what I see borne in front of me in the Libyan crisis, and the greatest danger, from which I warn and call on all parties to pay attention. I urge elite to counter such situation with ankles speech of conciliatory to counter hate speech and address efforts to exploit and turn differences to deadly enmities and discounts annihilating.
*A Libyan Writer
Translated By LIBYAPROSPECT: Source