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Egeim’s statement; its context, outcomes, and exit from crisis


By: Senussi Bsaikri*

The longer the war continues, the more tasteless and

Senussi Bsaikri
Senussi Bsaikri

meaningless victory will be regardless of whom has the upper hand. The tragedies and destruction caused by the conflict will render the victory irrelevant, new struggles will develop, future wars might be on the horizon and parties will grow farther apart.

I have discussed this subject in some of my previous articles after the launch of Al-Karama (Dignity) Operation mid-2014. I examined the fact that Al-Karama, although initially set to fight terrorism, it drifted away from the original objective and caused serious complications, mainly due its ideologically diverse members whom all have different interests in the operation.

The statements of the head of the Special Forces, Faraj Egeim, surfaced after the High Authorities’ decision to disperse the powers in the city of Al-Marj. His assertions are exactly what I mention previously, however Al-Karama supporters, and I am referring to the genuine supporters who believed Al-Karama would be the end of terrorism, did not pay attention to the warning signs, some even reacted aggressively and refused to consider any advice at all.

Egeim’s statement is not just a reaction to an administrate decision; they are an expression of the contradictions surrounding Al-Karama, contradictions that are just beginning to surface after being neglected due to the magnitude of the situation at the time.

Egeim threatened to uncover facts associated with the actual reason behind Al-Karama Operation, mainly assassinations and abductions. He also disregarded any excuses and justifications regarding the operation, stating that assassinations have occurred and are still ongoing in army controlled regions and that there are more than 100 incidents that could be linked with Al-Karama members in Al-Marj.

Division and continuous struggle are what Egeim’s statement demonstrated. Influential brigades formed recently in Benghazi during Al-Karama will fight for their brigade, even if they were ordered to dissociate their instinctive reaction would be to refuse. They see themselves as the saviors and not the High Command; they were facing bullets and death while High Command was enjoying the sunshine in Sharm El-Sheikh, according to Field Commanders, and maybe will witness new alliances in Benghazi with new agendas and different interests, which will draw the post-war political map.

The logical question would be, if the crimes committed are of a high nature, and the witnesses and evidence against it are absolute, why is there no legal action from anyone? Should justice not be served? Why is the International Criminal Court (ICC) not involved and presented with the names of the culprits?

The answer revolves around two points:

First is the declaration of the crimes by the criminals; the reasoning behind this is to apply pressure on their enemies and not for historical or justice related reasons.

Second is being the tribal influence; a murderer could easily be protected by his clan and avoid any consequences.

In summary, the right is lost between all of these conflicts and is attached to benefits; justice can be stretched out enough to fit interests and profits. And it is not a public interest, but individual and tribal interests, which means that the Benghazi is heading towards more conflicts and struggles where fairness cannot be achieved, safety cannot be guaranteed, and the city will remain in bitter misery and agony.

Only through serious, transparent discussions, which should have taken place before Al-Karama operation, the situation can be resolved. Peaceful and diplomatic negotiations will ultimately lead to a more evolved mindset, one that is not influenced by a party, tribe, area or individual, it has the city’s best interests at heart and wishes for it to rise again.

*A Libyan Writer

Translated By LIBYAPROSPECT: Source