…by Michael R. Bradle, Special Correspondent
The recent movement of troops from the Libyan National Army (LNA) under the command of General Khalifa Hafter in Libya, has been condemned by many western nations, and the United Nations has called for a peace dialogue.
However, the UN and many nations are far too late to request such a move. Since 2011, the Libyan people have waited and suffered while waiting for some proactive solution only to be met with continual promises and the appointment of yet a third competing government under Mr. Fayez al-Sarraj. Mr. Sarraj has failed miserably and the UN action is yet another testament to failed UN policies that are mere reactionary and hopeful at best.
The world pressed Libya to overcome their differences and to hold elections. In 2014, the first post-war elections were held, and the results were the seating of the House of Representatives (HOR).
General Hafter reconstituted the national army into the LNA and submitted to the HOR and has continued to do so. His forces captured over 75% of the country and restored peace and civil society, except in the Tripoli and Misrata areas.
It makes absolutely no sense at all to allow the armed militias to continue holding Libya hostage. Even more perplexing is why would any western nation allow armed terrorist militias to access oil and money in order to continue financing terrorist operations globally. The entire take down in Libya has been one of the largest debacles in global history regarding policy and post-war policies.
Even UNSMIL head Gassan Salame has made serious allegations of corruption by the Libyan elite inside Tripoli in which a new millionaire was created daily as a result of serious theft of state funds continues to occur.
Yet where is the United Nations and other groups in holding these massive thieves accountable? In the end, we shall see a large number of people in the EU and other nearby countries who aided and abetted these massive thefts from Libya.
The destruction of Libya and the murder of Muammar Gadaffi has only led to a large scaled regional crisis and untold thousands of deaths and the impacts on so many families being displaced and the loss of homes and assets.
The recent movement of the LNA towards Tripoli and ultimately into Misrata will be successful as General Hafter has built an army of over 85,000 soldiers and another 15,000 in reserve from the Fezzan area.
General Hafter has grown in popularity simply because he is focused towards restoring civil society and removing the armed bandits in illegal militias who were all backed by other nations with external agendas.
The siege of Tripoli is nothing more than a continuation of the regional proxy wars by several nations. This has created an even deeper division within the country yet NATO, the EU and the United States have done nothing to counter the presence and manipulation by outside interests.
General Hafter will have to be careful in his march on Tripoli to ensure that civilians are protected and minimize the impacts on private property as well as civilians.
The armed militias who have held Tripoli for so long have engaged in human trafficking and continue to commit heinous crimes that once Libya is free and rid of these armed and organized brigades, the world will learn the truth of what truly has transpired and who allowed it to happen and did nothing to stop it.
It is time for all of Libya to be free of armed illegal militias who are nothing more than paid terrorists, and to restore civil society. It matters not whether anyone is a loyalist or they hated Gadaffi; what matters the most now is to restore peace and rebuild a bright future for all Libyans and stabilize the region.