5 March 2012
Residual Gaddafi Opposition Forces in Libya
Right now, even as you read this, remnants of the forces that were key in the removal of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi are wreaking havoc on the same people that they were supposedly defending. In a world where none can be sure of their safety out of fear from a group of extremist rebels, the people of this forsaken country are in peril. From an outsider’s perspective, the question does arise, “should U.N. forces be implemented in Libya to control residual Gaddafi opposition?” Because of this question, people have begun to battle and deliberate violently for a suitable outcome. It could be claimed that commissioning U.N. forces to tend to this issue would be unnecessary; however, if peace were to be achieved ever again in Libya, this form of action is entirely warranted. U.N. forces should be implemented in Libya to control residual Gaddafi opposition because they pose a security threat, cause an imbalance in power, and could prove useful in the reconstitution of the National Army.
No doubt, these rogue vigilantes threaten the well-being of the Libyan people. A militia of about 125,000 armed citizens (ICG 1) with a vendetta can never lead to a good outcome. One example of an unnecessary loss of lives at the hand of the rebels would be the storming of Bani Walid (Telegraph 1). In this event, it was not Gaddafi that the rebels were looking for, as he had been killed several months prior, it was his trusted officials, for the rebels feared that these men were still loyal to Gaddafi’s resolve for the nation. Paranoia and danger haunt the rebels as they fear that the nation could fall back into its former state, controlled by a new leader. In an attempt to deter this from occurring, the men stormed the city of Bani Walid, guns firing in all directions, and managed to eliminate the men that they were after (telegraph 1). Although the men were...