Libya is an ancient desert kingdom, long ago ruled by Phoenicians, Alexandrian Greece, the home of Hannibal, then successively a province of the Roman Empire, a pirate base for the Caliphate, an Italian colony, and a totalitarian, post-colonial hell-hole under the Stalinist strongman Colonel Muammar Khadafi. But things are changing, so visitors better had put wings on their feet if they want to see Libya before it changes again. The major change that should raise observers’ antennas is that, as announced by the chief of the transitional council, Libya will become yet another radical Islamic state.
What does this mean?
While Mustafa Abdel Jalil states his assurances in English to all those who will listen that Libya under the rebels’ government will be a “moderate Islamic state,” it behooves us to pay attention to what the rebels have done already.
People are making pilgrimages to a meat locker in a shopping center in Misrata to see the bodies of Colonel Moammar Khadafi, his son Mutassim, and former defense minister Abu Bakr Younis… but mostly the bad Colonel himself. There isn’t much else to see in Misrata, reduced to rubble in the rebellion against the Libyan strongman.
In other news, Human Rights Watch found 53 decaying bodies in Sirte:
“We found 53 decomposing bodies, apparently Gaddafi supporters, at an abandoned hotel in Sirte,” said Peter Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch (HRW), who investigated the killings.
“Some had their hands bound behind their backs when they were shot,” he added.
In a statement, the group said: “If the NTC fails to investigate this crime it will signal that those who fought against Gaddafi can do anything without fear of prosecution.”
Visit refugee camps like Tawergha where black african Libyans have been systematically lynched and the women and children abused. Visitors should be careful to not become inadvertent victims of events like many unfortunate young women have been already.
Those with a taste for the macabre will find many more examples of mass graves, institutionalized rape, and other al Qaeda-style terror tactics in the NATO sponsored rebellion.
So, despite the appealing rhetoric (in English), we need to pay attention to the results already produced by these rebels to understand what they will do in the future. Expect more genocidal anti-black killings, persecution of women, and other actions typical of fundamentalist Islamic states like the Sudan.