Rabat – The situation in Libya is truly alarming. The State is into a shambles and chaos is everywhere.Many people regret the era of the dictator Khaddaffi, they argue that, undoubtedly, he was ruthless but law and order reigned and Libya was respected and feared worldwide. Today, everyone is pitying the country and its people and parliamentarians are praying Western countries, openly, to come to their rescue, but, so far, they have not obliged.In the field, the picture is grim, the country is back in the Middle Ages, it is ruled by numerous heavily-armed warlords with different ideologies and approaches to ruling post-khaddafi Libya, most of which uphold a Salafist form of Islam, in many ways, close to Wahabism. The secularists, though representing a sizeable portion of the population, like in many parts of the MENA region, skirt defying the religious zealots for fear to be considered infidels and, as a result, excommuned. Realizing that the country is slidng into chaos and falling in the grip of fierce religious extremists, who, some of which, were responible for the attack of its embassy and the death of its diplomats, the United States encouraged the retired General Khalifa Haftar to take on the Islamists. With the help of the airforce, he launched a battle, he dubbed karama “dignity,” to regain control of the country. However, his entreprise hurriedly-designed and badly-coached turned into a miltary disaster, and the Islamists emboldened by their success took control of Tripoli and Benghazi and gave the boot to both the paper government and the national assembly, that were obliged to move to Tobrouk, in the east, [a city close to Egypt], the anti-Islamist ally, to continue to exist.In view of this disastrous situation, the Western countries, that helped defeat Khaddafi with deadly airstrikes, are seriousy considering finishing the business they started few years go by putting together an international task force that would have to fulfill the following objectives:1 – Disarm all militias, whatever or wherever they are;2 – Prop up the national assembly;3 – Help set up a legitimate government;4 – Help build a national army and a police force; and5 – Help resume oil-exporting to bolster the Libyan ailing national economy.So far, it seems that the Western countries are considering to make the internationl stabilization force of: the United States, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Australia, and to make it acceptable to the local Muslim population, it will comprise such countries as Morocco, Turkey, Jordan and probably Egypt, if it is not rejected by the Islamist Libyan militias, for its repression of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.The Stabilization force will, first, secure the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi, then move on to other cities. The militias’ combatants, as icentive, will be offered to disarm and in return secure a position in the army and the security apparatus and their chiefs and key figures to form poitical parties and join the government. As for General Khalifa Haftar, he will be asked to return to his retirement.Hopefully this plan would save the face of all forces in presence and allow Libya to be reclaimed from chaos and failure, before it becomes another Somalia in North Africa, a situation that nobody wants.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Expressing “grave concern” over the worsening humanitarian situation in Darfur, the Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) until 8 October, while also expressing its intention to renew it further.The 15-member body voted unanimously on the move, which comes just two days after the African Union (AU) extended its mission in the strife-torn region until the end of this year. It also follows a recent warning from Secretary-General Kofi Annan that Darfur is heading towards disaster unless UN peacekeepers are allowed in.The current UNMIS mandate was set to expire on Sunday and today’s resolution also noted with “deep concern” restrictions placed on its movements and materiel, while further “reaffirming” the Council’s commitment to Sudan’s sovereignty, unity, independence, and territorial integrity, as well as to the cause of peace.In a speech to the General Assembly’s annual debate in New York on Tuesday, Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir rejected a proposed UN force as an attempt to re-colonize his country, criticizing last month’s Council resolution to deploy more than 17,000 peacekeepers in the region where UN officials warn that a man-made humanitarian catastrophe is looming.They estimate that over 400,000 people have already lost their lives and some 2 million more have been driven from their homes in three years of fighting in Darfur between the Sudanese Government, allied militias and rebel forces.