Cutting Through Libya’s Post-Gaddafi Fog: An Interview With Libyans (Part 3)

Libya
Libya. Photo from: exohuman.com

We are continuing with our interviews with Libyans and Libyan expats (see: part 1, part 2) that took place after dictator Muammar Gaddafi was killed, but before his son Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi was captured by Libyan freedom fighters, here is part three of the interview series.

In this interview we get to talk to a Libyan expat from the UK, known as @ArmchairArab on Twitter.

What are your ties to Libya?

I’m a Libyan expat living the UK for over 20 years. My family fled due to the political oppression in Libya under the Gaddafi regime.

How did you react to the start of the popular revolutionary movement in Libya earlier this year?

Extremely happy, we all waited so long for these 42 years of oppression to end and wasted time under the 1984-esque Gaddafi regime.

What in your view were the main reasons for the popular uprising? Was the Arab Spring one of the catalysts for people speaking out their voice?

Arab Spring was certainly a catalyst, huge majority of Libyans while ruled by the Gaddafi government, had lost hope of change till the Arab Spring next door in Tunisia and then Egypt.

So why do you think Qaddafi’s regime fell so quickly?

It didn’t fall that quickly; it took 8 months, NATO intervention, international sanctions and the sacrifices of 1,000s of Libyans.

Gaddafi was well aware the people hated his regime and had built the country, from infrastructure to military structure, with suppressing a revolt in mind.

War in Libya
War in Libya. Photo from: Press TV Iran

Have you personally supported the Libyan revolution? If so, how?

Through donations and spreading the word on social media.

What do you think is happening in Libya right now?

Right now people are enjoying freedom, some international/national groups seem to be trying to tip the balance in their favour, but I’m skeptical they will succeed in this.

I think security is the key concern right now. Libya needs a unified national army.

What was your reaction to Muammar Qaddafi’s recently announced death?

Extremely happy, with tears in my eyes. To have the individual responsible for such a huge amount of pain and terror, over 42 years, finally get what they deserved was too good to believe.

Do you think what happened to Qaddafi (according to videos) in his last hours was justified?

War is messy; Gaddafi wasn’t arrested while strolling on a beach, he was in an active warzone.

A trial would have been good, so we could really see this evil man finally brought down to his pathetic scale. But his death brings closure.

What do you think Qaddafi’s death and overthrow of his regime means to Libya and Libyan people?

It means closure, it means all the supporters he brain-washed into supporting him were finally released from his spell, it means that Libya can move forward without the fetid shadow of this despicable creature hanging over them.

Libyans celebrating
Libyans celebrating in Benghazi. Photo from: The Washington Times

Qaddafi was at the origins of African Union, an organization that he was closely involved in. What do you think Qaddafi’s death would mean for further integration of countries in Africa?

I think it’ll mean that the AU is open for another ‘patron’ to step in and control it. Algeria might have the ability/funds to do this, or it could be that the US/EU will exert more control over it.

In any case I believe that Libya should withdraw and look at joining a union of democratic African states.

What do you think this new dawn of Libyan democracy entails for Libya, Africa and the entire world?

For Libya it means a chance for the Libyan people to reach their potential after almost 50 years of stagnation and oppression.

For the immediate region it means a solidification of the democratic process in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt. I predict especially strong ties forming with Tunisia.

For Africa it should mean increased stability as the wide variety of militias funded by Gaddafi have lost their main patron.

Post Postscriptum
Part 4 of the interview series is now available.

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