Cost of the Libyan conflict

August 30, 2011 10:37
Cost of the Libyan conflict

Cost of the Libyan conflict The cost of the Libyan revolution needs to be introspected on the loss of number of lives on both the sides. Is this how we are going to achieve our objective is another million dollar question lingering in the minds of the people.  It has become customary that greed for power and possession has taken an individual to such heights that the Six Senses stop working and only the power hunger lives. This must be a lesson learnt by all of us across the globe.

It was noted earlier that as many as 50,000 activists, and even those only suspected of supporting the uprising, were detained in various security crack downs in the recent months by Gaddafi regime but only 10000 -11000 have been released. As forces loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi retreat from Tripoli, they have left a trail of evidence about how his regime operated.

A recent mass grave was discovered with the remains of a large number of burnt corpses which are said to be those of army officers who refused to fight for Col Gaddafi in recent weeks. National Transitional Council (NTC) says nearly 53 people would have died here. NTC further claims that three more mass graves have been discovered in Libya. In another incident 100 men were executed at the site on the orders of Gaddafi in person. More than 50 bodies have been found at a warehouse in Tripoli, behind the headquarters of a feared army unit, the Khamis Brigade, led by one of Colonel Gaddafi's sons. Most of them, as reports say, were civilians, massacred by Gaddafi's forces earlier this week.

A leaked document on the internet revealed that UN recommends the deployment of up to 200 unarmed military observers, principally to monitor the process of dealing with forces loyal to fugitive leader Col Muammar Gaddafi and up to 190 UN police officers to help train local forces. The deployment would follow a UN mission with a core staff of 61 civilians for an initial three month period. Any such plan would be implemented only if requested by the Libyan transitional authorities and approved by the Security Council.

In the mean time Col Gaddafi's wife Safia, daughter Ayesha and sons Muhammad and Hannibal left Libya early on Monday to Algeria. Algeria's UN ambassador said they were received on humanitarian grounds. It is an obvious refuge for the Gaddafi family as the two countries have a long border. The Algerian government is yet to recognise the rebel NTC.

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