New York - Following the much anticipated toppling of General Muammar Gaddafi's regime, hundreds of thousands of Libyans in Tripoli, Benghazi and all over Libya flowed into the streets in fervent jubilation and cathartic riddance of a sinister leader that suffocated Libyan life for nearly 42 years.
New York – Following the much anticipated toppling of General Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, hundreds of thousands of Libyans in Tripoli, Benghazi and all over Libya flowed into the streets in fervent jubilation and cathartic riddance of a sinister leader that suffocated Libyan life for nearly 42 years.
A historic moment of ecstatic joy for a deserved victory, dearly paid for through bloody civil war against a stubborn, bloodthirsty regime that gruesomely attacked, tortured and indiscriminately killed civilians in a hopeless attempt to suppress peaceful demonstrations. What was seen to be out of reach, insidiously ominous and described as a dreadful quagmire proved to be readily attainable.
Various accounts publicized the Arab spring as a stagnating movement, increasingly losing momentum and falling prey to a waning of energy and soaring economic distress, which would eventually quell the spirit of pro-democracy protestors. However, Libyan rebels’ astonishing victories proved the opposite. With a strong will, unyielding determination and an alacritous crave for freedom, the weak, amateur but courageous, sagacious rebel army surmounted the hurdles of disorientation, broke the wall of fear and incrementally crushed pro-Gaddafi loyalists. No doubt U.S and NATO cooperation was indispensable; it was a strategic factor that strained Gaddafi’s forces, gradually pushing them to retreat to around and within Tripoli.
While the toppling of the regime is a breakthrough and quantum leap, it is not the end but the beginning of a nascent democratic process; a journey if not handled subtly and cautiously might be fraught with danger. Still, it is quite early to predict the prospects of the Libyan political scene, since the rebels are still immersed in the euphoria of celebrations.
This exaltation implicitly sends encrypted messages to the two other imbroglios of Yemen and Syria: you will be next; there will be no exception. Only a miracle would save both regimes from plummeting; but the time for miracles has passed as the vanguards of liberty are persistently challenging the status quo. The extreme international isolation of the government in Syria, a worrying governmental break down in Yemen, both are plausible signs of inevitable change.
The rebels’ capture of Tripoli will undoubtedly give hope to the anti-regime sentiments in the Arab world. It will not be a model to copy, since the Yemeni and Syrian revolutions are still categorically clinging to peaceful means. Nonetheless, it will be symbolically inspirational after months of regression and helplessness.
Libya’s pilgrimage to freedom, yet long and costly will morally boost the emancipation quest of the brave Yemeni and Syrian youth. It is with patience, perseverance and sacrifice that the long fight against tyranny will unequivocally be accomplished. Watching rebels entering the Libyan capital unopposed, the young demonstrators will vigorously escalate their contumacy against the two entrenched autocratic fortresses. They will definitely follow suit as the domino effect that has started with the ousting of Tunisian and Egyptian regimes is being consolidated with the collapse of the Libyan.
With continuous demonstrations in Yemen and Syria, a partial victory in Libya, a vibrant pro-reform movement in other parts of the Arab world, we can still assume that the Arab Spring is still on the move. Hence, the opportunity for freedom, dignity and equality is looming on the horizon. To the brave, the courageous and the selfless men and women yearning for the dawn of democracy, your unalienable rights of a better future and a free society are within reach more than ever.
Editing By Benjamin Villanti