Of course they were, but now

Of course they were, but now they are in a (prolonged) civil war. The danger for the civilians is increasing immensely.

Brendan, in the beginning there was a political movement and the tribes. With the militarisation the political movement is out. The civilians have one enemy more than before.

Gaddafi was in a no-win situation. Against demonstrations (and that’s how the uprising began, don’t forget that) he is completely powerless. He ordered his supporters to counter-demonstrations, and these scared people were a pathetic sight.

Gaddafi’s success was that he was able to militarise the conflict. The rebels went into the trap to meet him on the territory Gaddafi is strong in: violence. He still couldn’t win, but he could prolong the struggle. The tiny bit of civil society there was in Libya was destroyed in that. They don’t have military means, only the tribes have.

Now the militarisation is being stepped up. The new regime can’t be better than the old one. From the point of someone who believes in universal human rights this is the worst that can happen.

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