The quagmire that is Arab politics is beginning to emerge in Libya. Only three months after deposing dictator Moammar Gadhafi, some Libyans are accusing their new rulers of corruption, secrecy and nepotism. Unrest across the North African nation threatens their National Transitional Council (NTC), an interim body formed by anti-Gaddafi rebels during the 2011 uprising.
The Washington Times reports that on Tuesday, “hundreds of armed men thought to be still loyal to Gadhafi seized Bani Walid after easily defeating the local pro-NTC revolutionary force in the city… . Bani Walid was one of the Gadhafi regime’s last strongholds.”
Many pundits who questioned Western intervention in Libya from the beginning will be saying, “I told you so.”
Libyans themselves accuse NTC chairman Mr. Abdul Jalil, a former justice minister in the Gadhafi regime who switched sides early in the revolution, of running a one-man show. Many also are worried that the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to hijack the country. And, apparently, the transitional government and local councils are packed with Islamists, so they very well could be right.
“These are people who are trying to hijack the revolution, and anxiety is spreading fast in society,” Hakeem Gadi, a Tripoli-based pro-democracy activist, reportedly said in a phone interview. “Having a Muslim Brotherhood leader in the committee responsible for putting together the electoral law makes everybody worried about the outcome,” Gadi said.
I predict the situation in Libya will get a lot worse before it gets better. Canada should mind that it does not become embroiled in the mess that’s unfolding there.