Earlier this week I posted a ‘glass-half-full’ appraisal of Libya’s struggle to form a new democratic government. Freelance reporter Clare Morgana Gillis offers more details on post-war Libya with her article, “Libya’s Year Zero,” over at Foreign Policy. I highly recommend it if you want more context from major players and average folk now trying to resuscitate an entire nation. A closing paragraph reads:
On the surface, everything in Libya is in a state of flux. Ministry offices bustle with fast and furious phone calls, meetings, announcements of new political coalitions and committees. But this constant motion is also coupled with a sense that not nearly as much is being accomplished as Libyans had hoped. Perhaps that’s Qaddafi’s lingering legacy: Libya’s new leaders form political “coalitions” rather than parties, chose to name an “executive board” of the NTC rather than specific leaders, and constantly form committees charged with making decisions. The steady insistence on consensus brings to mind the Qaddafi-era “popular committees,” which were supposed to be local committees where people power ruled supreme — but were in fact smokescreens behind which the Leader enforced his will. Now there is no Leader and the people are free to claim their power, but many seem reluctant to do so.