Following the Revolution, Militias Continue to Terrorize Libya

Although the NATO-led coalition succeeded in ousting former Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi, the country is still plagued by militias that use brute force and disregard the will of political authorities.

al-monitor Protesters block the road and set off fireworks after burning two vehicles of the Libyan Army's 1st Infantry Brigade in Benghazi, June 14, 2013. The protesters accused the brigade of being responsible for clashes that broke out at the headquarters of the Libya Shield militia. Photo by REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori.

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Jun 27, 2013

Through bold, yet measured analysis of naked truths and obvious facts, one could characterize the bloody incidents that transpired in Benghazi on Saturday June 8 — collectively known as the “Black Saturday” incidents — as forming a pivotal turning point in the course of the murderous conflict.

This conflict began in Libya after sundown on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, and ended with the death of former President Moammar Gadhafi on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. Following the latter incident, a new track was drawn in the struggle for power between various factions that stand diametrically opposed in their respective existential battles against one another.

They stand together, however, knowingly or through ignorance, to serve the plans and agendas of foreign factions jostling for control over Libya. This plan is not to share its riches, but to completely appropriate them at the expense of others, thus intensifying the conflict and making its resolution slip further away.

Some of those internal factions — living in a state of extreme polarization that reflects itself on Libya as a nation, people and quasi-state — are identifiable and known. They take the form of political parties and entities, most prominent among them the coalition of national forces that espouses moderate nationalistic modernistic tendencies. This coalition is described, or even branded, by its opponents as being secular, and therefore apostatical, worthy of scorn, against which the populace must be incited.

Then there are the political Islam’s factions, most famous among them the Muslim Brotherhood, sedate on its exterior, but fierce and violent in its essence and actions. This group seems to be at loggerheads with the many different forms of Salafist factions, yet plays the role of godfather to them all, in the face of the nationalist ideology that conflicts with the impossible to believe myth of globalizing the religious state.

These aforementioned parties that are politically battling one another to the point of annihilating and not only marginalizing others, exceed their desire to break other parties’ resolve to seek breaking their bones. Meanwhile, they are in fact the least influential by virtue of their force and capacity to act, in light of the fact that battlegrounds inside elected official institutions have been infiltrated and abused by a third relatively unknown faction comprised of a plethora of rebel brigades, unions, security committees and shields. Regarding the latter, despite their differences and incongruencies, all [Libyans] agree on the illegitimacy of their existence and their negative impact upon the state and society.

Yet, they can all be described and characterized similarly for:

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