As free Libyans rise up the world finally reacts to the unforeseen and widely misunderstood events of the last ten days.
Libya’s prospects rely on their solidarity with each other and the principles of social justice which, as Obama recently mentioned, are as universal as they have been inaccessible to many Libyans for more than a generation. Libya must rise to the occasion and there is every evidence that they will.
Perhaps we must create the space and opportunity for this and put aside for a moment our geopolitical and cultural fears, not to mention our apprehensions over the price of fuel, and watch the wondrous, rare process of nationhood with respect while withholding our considerable judgement.
This new nation is largely composed of youth whose notions of democracy are as intangible as their understanding of the afterlife and who have earned their hard-won freedom through determination and courage by confronting and vanquishing their own parents’ most terrible fears.
While it makes sense for Western, Arab League and other nations to immediately evacuate their citizens, by whatever means, and NGOs, such as Médecins Sans Frontières, to provide medical relief as they always do it is probably time also to listen closely to the aspirations and needs of the Libyan people when determining what steps the world’s major powers should take to restore stability to the region, if any, and create a place for the nascent Libyan nation among its peers.
With that thought consider the dramatic scene of a few Libyan protesters protecting a beaten mercenary from an understandably angry and violent mob:
Every nation has its martyrs and heroes and Libya seems to have both in abundance at this moment in time.