By: Mansour Abushnaf*
Despite all claims of Daesh social incubator in Libya, they all
proved fake, the Libyan cities and tribes showed no sympathy or relevance to the group, Daesh reputation remained ugly with no social acceptance.
Rival factions in Libya for long blamed Daesh existence on their political opponents, February supporters repeated that Daesh was made by the former regime, the concept “Daesh remnants” appeared, but they provided no examples of those “Daesh remnants” either dead or injured leaders who are loyal to the former regime, but some Daesh leaders were known as February revolutionaries.
The supporters of the previous regime insisted that February revolutionaries are mostly Islamists “Muslim Brotherhood, Ansar Sharia, and Daesh” and they are the incubator of the group, but that description also proved inaccurate, most February supporters fight against the group can’t be denied. It appeared that Daesh is not pro February or September, but an enemy for everyone, and for the group no one has a privilege but through joining its ranks.
The Libyan society with its diverse tribes, cities, and municipalities didn’t accept the group’s ideologies nor practices, but saw it as a foreign danger that threatens the country and citizens, that is why a little number of Libyans joined it, the group remained a foreign organization came to Libya as raiders or conquerors.
Daesh existed in Libya, expanded and controlled territory across some cities for “upper” political reasons; there was no social incubator for the group, even sympathy shown by some “from different parties” was just an attempt to exploit it as a weapon to end the other side or at least dry its resources.
The group realized that fact from the early beginning used dissensions and divisions caused by war and political conflicts to establish a stronghold.
The important question “why Sirte was the signal?” Then Sabratha? Why Derna? And finally, why Werfella valleys? Called South Sirte in military statements. Does Sirte seem a buffer zone between Barqa and Tripoli? And the same for Sabratha between the capital and borders? And for Derna between Tobruk and Benghazi? And finally, are not valleys of Werfella, Tarhouna, and Zliten a perfect heaven to destabilize the west and south Libya?
Many examples of entities created by wars and political struggles in the world like Mongolia and Austria, all are entities that separate between vying states, called in political science “buffer state,” mostly left as a presumed field for war if erupted between the competing parties, those states carry the most burden of wars.
In Libya, Daesh proved a perfect example of the Libyan struggles, most importantly it is an aggressive combatant idol, Sirte is in the middle of Libya, the historic border between Barqa and Tripoli since Philaeni brother legend, even wind warriors four thousand years ago, until oil wars, who controls Sirte can unite Libya, or divide it into regions.
Today Libya factions saw Sirte as a protection dam from the enemy on the other front, eastern armies won’t get to the west before facing Daesh, as per the western strategy, and western forces won’t get to Barqa white sands before running into Daesh, of course, both sides knew Daesh is untrusted snake, but saw it useful then.
The armed political struggle was and still the primary incubator for Daesh, we are not seeing social extremist brooder in Libya, the Libyan extremism is falsified created by vying Libyan political currents with obvious regional support, which, as Libyans know, aims at creating and maintaining entities like Daesh, to divide the country, turn it into dumpster for terrorists fleeing their countries, and illegal migrants, neighbors and friends want for such state to continue for at least ten years.
Libyans could easily end ambitions of friends and neighbors if they realized that making a hole in the Libyan boat with axes provided by brothers and friends will indeed drown them all, with no exceptions, in the sea of death, hunger, and humiliation, and occupation would be just a distant dream.
*A Libyan Intellectual and Writer