Friday 26 August 2011

What next for Libya?


No Ghadaffi

People free?


.... We shall see.

First published in Poetry 24.

Picture from Reuters.


  1. Good questions! Power struggle and no strong man initially can bring untold misery.

  2. Lets hope the people get what the want and need, some peace.

  3. I wouldn't mind a few of his old medals!

  4. When dire consequences can result we tend to pick it up at the same time. I anticipate political instability with the sudden change, after 40 yrs of dictatorship.

  5. What results will depend on whether the people have actually decided what they ant of if they are just demanding change. If they have no clearcut goals, it will disintegrate into something equally bad or worse.

  6. Thanks for the thoughtful comments everyone. I fear it has not been thought through at the grass roots. They wanted to get rid of Ghadaffi, but I fear the only organisation with the structure to offer leadership will be the Muslim Brotherhood who may well impose yet another Iran style Theocracy.
    Facing off to a tyrant is one thing, but facing off to Allah requires a much stronger dedication to democracy than I believe is yet possible there!

  7. I wonder too. I think untold damage has been done to a people who are only now realising they have a voice. I think you're right about the Muslim Brotherhood - I think the Libyan people are used to being oppressed so it will be hard for them to resist any type of theocracy. I guess only time will tell.

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