Arab problems require Arab solutions, not Western interference

2015-03-27 13:48

Most people will remember the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his death in the hands of the rebels and foreign forces in Libya.

The continued confrontation in this country, as I see it, is caused by the proliferation of weapons used during the overthrowing of Gaddafi’s rule but also because the country is made up of many tribes.

Too many factions are made when each tribe tries to exert its influence and power over other tribes, causing more divisions in a country emerging from a civil war that saw thousands of people killed on both sides of the conflict.

International forces are trying to intervene to bring the warring factions to the negotiation table, like they intervened when the rebels overthrew Gaddafi.

It is obvious now that overthrowing Gaddafi did not bring any peace to this country but exacerbated the conflict.

May be it is time the West realises that it will never fully comprehend the politics of the Arab world and that their intervention will not bring peace to these troubled countries. Tribal factions and religion can be better understood by other Arab nations and these are the people who should come up with solutions and mediate peace. Iraq and Afghanistan are other examples of this.

The people of Libya should begin to ask stable countries in the Arab world to intervene in their conflict and forget a bit about the West.

The ongoing conflict in Libya will destabilise the entire north African region.

Bongani Dunywa

Ntuzuma, eThekwini 

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