Establishing Democracy in Libya will be a hard task

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The atrocious murder of Colonel Gaddafi engineered by the US-led NATO forces, after Saddam Hussein’s hanging in 2006 proves that in the current world order, the United States of America can do whatever it wishes with other nations and leaders who do not toe its line.

It further strengthens my disputation that US hardly cares about egalitarianism or the well-being of other nations as long as its own financial and military interests are served. And this artificiality can well be judged by the fact that the US doesn’t denounce human rights violations in countries like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia which are not different from countries where the US is eager for change. This does not mean that we support any tormenter – be it Saddam Hussein or Colonel Gaddafi. My argument is: Gaddafi could have been taken into custody and put on trial at the International Court of Justice for his alleged misdeeds and atrocities. His assassination is nothing but another misdeed by global powers and alliances.
As Gaddafi’s tyrannical regime in Libya has come to an end the National Transitional Council is set to initiate the process of democratic elections in the country. But for the Council steering Libya out to at least a near-perfect democracy will not be an easy job when the country has no contemporary history of party politics or the rule of law. So, it will be interesting to watch how the council establishes democracy in Libya which had been in anarchy for decades.

Libyans should keep the state of Iraq in mind and should not go overboard to rejoice now.

Aziz A. Mubaraki, Kolkata

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2011 on page no. 14

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