Stop Gaddafi’s bloodlust

Maswood Alam Khan from Maryland, USA
The situation in Libya calls for immediate international actions. Leaders of the world cannot afford to close their eyes to the violence and the impending pogrom in Libya. The UN Security Council, NATO, the US and other big powers should act immediately to stop the violence.

Muammar Gaddafi is not going to leave quietly. He will leave no stone unturned to cling to power. He will not hesitate to kill any number of people to continue his 42-year tyranny.

More than one thousand Libyans have already been killed and hundreds of thousands have been injured by the brutal security forces of Gaddafi. The way military planes are being used against unarmed civilians in Libya it seems Gaddafi has totally lost his mind. He has lost total touch with reality. He, along with his son, is set to set Libya ablaze with civil war. He has ordered his security forces to crush the protestors. Is the world going to witness an unprecedented genocide in Libya?

The latest developments in Libya suggest signs of genocide in the making: the regime’s preparedness to kill the protestors en masse, flagrant use of military weapons against unarmed civilians are all palpable signs of a civil war as Libyans are ready to sacrifice their lives until they attain their total liberty.

Situation in Libya is far more complex and grimmer than in any other place in North Africa and the Middle East where protestors are demanding liberty and democracy.

Unless a big power intervenes it may be too early to write off Gaddafi’s rule because the risks may be higher than the rewards for Libyan demonstrators compared to those for the demonstrators in Tunisia or Egypt. In Egypt, when it was apparent that the army wasn’t going to use live ammunition, the perception of potential for success soared and a lot more people came out on to the streets.

But Gaddafi has a huge security force with loyalists who know they would die with the departure of Gaddafi and they will try to go a long length to guard Gaddafi, who commands an extensive, well-resourced and brutal internal security apparatus which is more powerful than the army. His security force is similar to East Germany’s STASI. In the early 1980s, nobody in East Germany ever dared criticize the regime in public in case they were reported to the feared secret police forces of STASI.

The situation in Libya calls for immediate international actions. Leaders of the world cannot afford to close their eyes to the violence and the impending pogrom in Libya. The UN Security Council, NATO, the US and other big powers should act immediately to stop the violence.

Can the world afford to sit idly as a genocide or civil war is threatening to engulf Lybia? Shouldn’t the International Criminal Court issue a warrant for Gaddafi’s immediate arrest?

E-mail:maswood@hotmail.com

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