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Libyan Scene and Turkish Coup: Deficiencies and Danger Zones

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By: Senussi Bsaikri*

Observers are puzzled by the coup against the legislative

Senussi Bsaikri
Senussi Bsaikri

authority in Turkey; they are left confused as how to assess the responses issued by intellectual and the educated elite.

We are witnessing a devastating war through a series of battles, each consisting of different artilleries and hold particular strategic value, intersecting nevertheless in being a subject of dispute between two-sided clashes.

As is the case in the Arab region, the Libyan war has spread between two parties, one disgruntled with the Justice and Development Party and its leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a strong supporter of their opponents. Some also consider him the head of the “obscurantist” movement against secular Turkey. The second party supports him and perceives him as an advocate for the Palestinian case and supportive of the Arab spring, in addition to him, promoting the idea of an “Islamic” Turkey.

What is worrying is that those who belong to either party use whatever arguments and evidence available to them with the intention of belittling their adversaries; their only aim is to embarrass their opponents and weaken their case. The sole motive is hatred, no place for logic or reason.

What I would like to emphasize in this article is that the Arab struggle generally and the Libyan correctly did not shift from a struggle with the ruling elite to a more community-based conflict as it may seem to the spectator. The previous authority succeeded in dividing societies over the past few decades by endorsing specific cities, tribes, regions and clans, using them for their objectives and purposes.

However, the community’s conflict has been manifested by the technical advancements and the development of media and telecommunications. The absence of an assertive authority has also played a huge role in further increasing the complexity of the situation.

The most noticeable feature of today’s conflicts is that they are out of control and filled with hatred and animosity. Thus the truth is lost with the loss of mind and lack of logic. You can hardly find an intellectual framework and an actual dialogue that addresses the cultural and social situation.

Indeed, some of what has been practiced by the Turkish Authorities in their campaign against insurrectionists is considered against the law and unquestionably falls under the general guidelines of human rights.

In contrast, many of the protesters against these violations were supporters of the grievous acts committed against protestors in Egypt, Erdogan never killed any demonstrators, he certainly did not burn any bodies as was confirmed by local and international organizations. Also, some of the groups that protested the crimes that took place in Egypt have kept silent regarding the infringement of detainee rights.

In conclusion, the greatest danger facing Libyans is the blind struggle fueled by corrupted minds and attitudes, disregarding the values and fundamental principles upon which the nation-building process would not succeed without. Tolerances, respecting different opinions, rejecting violence and excluding hatred from the political, cultural and social scene, are all principles the country will not rise without.

Simply, regional and tribal propensity, political intolerance and relying on them to justify criminal acts, is what Libya needs to eliminate, as long as such principles exist, the country will remain decapitated and continue to lose limbs.

*A Libyan Writer

Translated By LIBYAPROSPECT: Source