Rebel restraint bodes well for Libya’s future

Robert C. Johnston.


This was printed in The Australian (‘Rebel restraint bodes well for Libya’s future’), on August 24th, 2011.

MUAMMAR Gaddafi’s hold over the people of Libya is coming to an end (“Breaking down the last door to a revolution: Libyan rebels storm Gaddafi compound”, 23/8).

Libyan rebel fighters in Tripoli (Photo: Sergey Ponomarev/AP)

Libyan rebel fighters in Tripoli (Photo: Sergey Ponomarev/AP)

Yes, there is much work left to be done, and much integrity yet needed in its doing. This moment in Libya’s history is indeed a delicate work in progress. But Libyans and the international community can perhaps indulge in a moment of reflection.

Most of the rebel forces should be complimented on their restraint when capturing those loyal to Gaddafi, in particular his own sons. Rather than stooping to Gaddafi’s level, it seems that most Libyans hope to see them, and the Colonel himself, receive fair trials in the International Criminal Court. This restraint bodes well as the last gunfire fades and Libyans gradually find their feet in the reconciliation and reunification of their country, with hopefully a view to democracy.

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