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By: Ramadan Bin-Taher* 

A friend once asked me if Libyan rivals, who caused the current crisis, can be persuaded to head to the table of Libyan-Libyan

Ramadan Bin-Taher
Ramadan Bin-Taher

talks that some call for, in search for a peaceful settlement of a conflict none of its parties can settle with arms.

My personal point of view is as follows:

The call for Libya-Libyan talks may be psychologically comforting and useful for mobilization against foreign intervention given the colonial history of the Arab area, but in reality, the call is inapplicable.

It will be hard to achieve all contradictive interests of conflict parties, which will make the international community an essential partner in any future political settlement. Such thing is a major problem that makes us vulnerable to changes in the circle of international interests and its positive and negative effects on Libya.

Local conflict is now running on a traditional ground; tribal, regional and religious, which uncovers a case of civil war.

The conflict on traditional ground has no project but gratifying instinct, its tools are mainly exchanging accusations, claiming fake heroism. Usually, a party may be grooming its yesterday’s opponent for a temporary interest that quickly fades away.

Politics in its modern concept requires knowledge of variables of the modern world, thinking about projects, clear ideas, and supporting compromise solutions.

Practically, none of the conflict parties has a rational clear project that gathers Libyans, while each party feels represented.

The absence of the national project made politics dependent on sedition, such atmosphere opened the scenes for a group of idiots and ignorants to fire seditions up, ruining every exit to the crisis, and it even pushes the scene into intervention by international community to end the conflict.

The international community is now trying to gather the biggest support for the Government of National Accord; several Libyans sectors may accept this solution for lack of alternative options.

The question here is: What are the expectations of the supportive local parties of this option as there are opponents to it?

What can be said, is that Libya will enter a new questions-phase, whose details can’t be expected.

Whoever refuses this approach on the ground of colonization and foreign intervention should present convincing alternative. Real colonization starts from failure and internal division. Using morals and patriotism as masks is only intellectual and political bankruptcy that deepens division and disintegration.

We are in need of a real project that overcomes political polarization on tribal, regional and religious basis, a project that lives us up from instinctual thinking to rational thinking, which guarantees the effective participation of Libyans, broad support of international community, so that we can draw a plan for developing the country.

*A Libyan Writer

Translated By LIBYAPROSPECT: Source