Magharebia (Washington DC)

20 November 2013

Libyan Bloggers Talk Security Solutions

Photo: Iason Foounten/unmultimedia
A crowd of demonstrators protest the ongoing use of weapons by militia in the cities (file photo).

Tunis — For many Libyan bloggers, implementing the law is the solution to the country's security crisis.

The new constitution alone cannot solve the challenges facing the Libyan state, Wissam Salem argues on his blog wissamyat.

"What's the point of approving a new constitution if it's not going to be enforced?" Salem asks.

"Who is going to enforce the constitution? Is it the ghosts of security and civil authorities? What's the point of having a new soul for a drained body, where certain organs have already been amputated and others paralysed?" the blogger writes.

Salem adds: "How will the constitution solve the security chaos without a force that would remove arms, enforce security and apply law?"

Blogger Karim Nabata blames the crisis on conflicts between various political forces under the control of armed militias.

"The intense political wrangling our prime minister referred to after he was kidnapped, which almost cost him more than his eye-glasses, has further shown the military nature of conflicts between groups that are supposed to be primarily political," the blogger says.

"It has also unveiled a fact that can no longer be ignored, namely, the parties and entities for which the Libyan people voted to represent them in the General National Congress (GNC) are no more than political arms of armed militias that possess the hidden pressure card, which they use when they fail to pass their political agenda in a typical democratic way."

According to blogger Abdullah al-Woshesh, the main reason for the continued chaos is the lack of informed political elite capable of running the country and steering it towards safety.

"Our affliction is in us and in those who rule us," he says. "90% don't understand politics or their meaning or even how to deal with them, let alone analyse and discuss their content."

"The ruling majority is ignorant; how then will things improve?" he wonders.

In his blog "mellakheer", poet and writer Ramez Enwesri also laments the bloody conflicts that take place on a daily basis between Libyans.

Referring to the deadly Tripoli clashes that followed the killing of al-Nasur Brigade commander Nuri Friwan in early November, Enwesri writes: "What happened last night is a new chapter of the play to destroy Libya."

"Actors have excelled so much in their roles that they almost unified with the text, and their blood flowed on the stage to impress the audience," he adds.

Internal fighting between members of the same people, the blogger concludes, shows that the concept of a Libyan state has been supplanted by militias that try to impose control by force.

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