Howsoever the holy intention of war, it always causes misery and suffering to the common people. Howsoever the virtuous objective of hostility, it always trails death and destruction behind.

The much celebrated war in Libya in the name of ‘Protecting Civilians’ has begun to show its real face. It has begun to prove what a ‘WAR’ stands for and what a ‘WAR’ really means.

The virtue of international campaign against a tiny nation is eclipsed by the vice it generates. The reason of wisdom is obscured by the logic of absurdity. The irony of situation matches the climax of Shakespearean tragedy.

In brief, people have begun to feel the pangs of ‘broader coalition’ intervention in Libya. The military assistance in charity articulates a deeper mark of anguish on the ground.

The post war scenario is making life all difficult to move. The delay in humanitarian assistance is causing all stress it can to ‘deter civilians’ from their normal routine of life and work.

The high prices of general commodities are soaring beyond expectations to meet daily necessities of life. The sanctions that had impact on every day living are visible even after five months of declaration of liberation.

The long queues in the banks still resemble the mess of war scenario, and they do not augur well for the new authority. There is a disquiet storm within why the transitional government is not doing enough to the expectations of the public.

Many hospitals even lack ordinary numbers of medical staff to run smoothly, thus causing undue problem to the patients to move from one hospital to another in time of urgency for consultation.

The cases of robbery, snatching and kidnapping have been reported from various parts of the country causing a sense of insecurity among the public. The police are yet to be uniformed to meet growing lawlessness. The delay will only aggravate the situations as days pass by.

The regular power-cut is another setback to the public that adds to the frustration apart from mobile network that works sluggishly. The internet is yet to connect a large number of public to the world.

The ordeal what a post-war country goes through is long. From destruction of infrastructure to reconstruction, from political instability to tribe conflicts, from growing demand of individual citizens to collective welfare, the paths are thorny and difficult to move on.

The common masses have suffered a lot…both before the war, during the war, and sadly they even continue to do so after.

Why did the revolution in Libya start? Why did the public offer greater sacrifices to the nation?
Did the roaring sound of flying fighter jets of NATO every second play a note of bloodless music to the ears of the civilians? Did the thundering rain of bombs from the sky make a tune of brute-less melody to the tender hearts of the children?

The NATO religiously operated thousands of sorties in the sky over Libya…out of which more than a thousand hit the targets. The causalities multiplied. The people suffered, yet they kept their patience in the hope that luck would, one day, smile upon them.

The constant bombing by NATO was beyond the mandate for protecting civilians. Ernest Hemingway said, ‘Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.’ Despite public remained calm and underwent all hardships for better opportunities in life.

The mandate of protecting civilians does not end with the war only. It does not end with the mere belief to protect them from physical atrocity of the previous regime but symbolically the real mandate extends in the post war scenario to protect them from social disorder, economic failure and mental stress to assist them in the reconstruction of a dynamic and vibrant nation.

Time has not run out for the transitional government. Let the sacred slogan ‘in the name of protecting civilians’ be the cornerstone for a new Libya in all its social, political and economic interactions. Only then the true essence of mandate and the real spirit of revolution will be achieved.

Published online: The Tripoli Post, Libya

Categories: Democracy in Libya

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