LIBYAPROSPECT – Editorial
The Libyan political parties couldn’t present themselves as an adequate replacement to Gaddafi rule. By contrary, there was no outstanding difference between its political performance and Gaddafi’s policy.
The political parties have rushed to fill last regime’s spots, target the same victim using the same methods and creating the same crises and solutions approaches. It was crystal clear in experiences of the General National Congress (GNC0 and the House of Representatives (HoR0 along the past four years.
Psychology suggests that “after long times of oppression, the oppressor haunts the soul of the compelled, he even becomes his role model”. This is what happened between parties and who suffocated them along 40 years in Libya.
The political parties have tried to fill in their inner hole by creating the ideas of some social, religious, and regional contradictions in society, it tried to arouse regionalism, tribalism, Sharia issues and secularism. In a short period, people started to regain consciousness and pain sensation; it started to express its pain in the form of social and political anger that almost blew off the idea of political parties with a full popular will.
When people revolted, they thought their revolution would reach the authority, but they were surprised that nothing happened; a large sector of Libyans held parties the responsibility for that.
After fast deterioration in political life and fights over authority leftovers between parties, talks came, as many believe, a life jacket for saving the parties’ experiment, giving it an extra opportunity to improve and appear as peace-loving and nation-favoring people.
After Skhirat deal was signed and the government is on the way, observers and citizens started to ask questions to parties that have already been preoccupied, caused the country to divide, dragged it to fights, and tried to control using force.
Will Libyan parties learn something out of the experience? Will it be working in the next stage on rearrange its lines and expel instigators and phishers? Will it start creating more patriotic partisan goals that are in the interests of Libyans? Will it be convinced if its true value, weakness of its experiment and experience? Will it pursuit developing its cadres and changing leaders and involve youth?
The partisan experience is an important democratic profit; we wish to see it flourish by unity and people getting around it. We would like to see it capture people by useful projects so that it can have its democratic opportunity to take part in rebuilding the country.
Separating party’s ideology from its proposed projects is an important issue that needs understanding among partisan leaders and activists. A problem discussed by observers is the trials by some parties to present and impose their ideas through calls of patriotism and religion, while what matters to people is what submitted projects can do to improve their lives and build their country.
For more than forty years, the main method was accusing partisanship of betrayal, it clearly affected the Libyans. When people welcomed the revolution they thought it would restore the normal course of political life, where parties will be effective but what happened was a disappointment of people’s hopes; parties let people down that people lost hope in parties and partisanship to be useful for the country. Truth is partisanship must be a guarantor of the non-return of tyranny, dictatorship and armed control over the helpless people.