Terrorism Africa News
Recent attacks perpetrated by Muammar Gaddafi on his fellow Libyan citizens can be classified as terrorism usage defined by wiktionary.org. “The deliberate commission of an act of violence to create an emotional response through the suffering of the victims in the furtherance of a political or social agenda.” His social and political agenda is his own preservation as dictator.
Many of those who struggled and gained victory in Egypt and Tunisia were injured and even killed, yet they did not face the terror being rained down on the Libyan protesters. There are several major differences between the Libyan struggle and that of their other north African counterparts. These differences have allowed Gaddafi to become not only the worldwide terrorist that he has been in the past, but now a terrorist against his own people:
- The Libyan protesters seem to lack any leadership. Gaddafi cannot detain or discuss grievances with any individuals or organizations that claim a large following. The diverse ethnic make up of the country seems to have divided the protesters into regional and tribal bands. Their lack of cohesion makes it easy for Gaddafi to terrorize them.
- Gaddafi lacks a strong, trained army. He has never allowed the military to grow to the stature of the Egyptians or Tunisians, fearing that if they were strong and large, they might overthrow him as security forces have done to many African rulers. The present Libyan army has been beaten back by armed protesters in cities Benghazi and Zawiyah. Needing military force now, Gaddafi has resorted to recruiting mercenaries to supplement his security forces to fight rebel bands that did not exist as fighting units until this year.
- Foreign news agencies are finally in country, but they are unable to report the minute by minute progress of the opposition. The media has been unable to give protesters the motivation and encouragement that comes from knowing that the world is pulling for them.
- In Tunisia and Egypt educated, young people used social media to communicate with and motivate the protesters. Those young, passionate ideologues organized the demonstrations and propounded well thought out rhetoric. The Libyan protesters seem to be older and less able to communicate their cause and plans to each other and the world.
All of the these factors pale before the terrible fact that Gaddafi is willing to kill his own people and continue to fight “to the last drop of blood.” Gaddafi, who brought down the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland and funded and trained the Red Army Faction, the Red Brigades, and the Irish Republican Army, and carried out his own attacks against targets such as Berlin’s La Belle nightclub in 1986, is once again a terrorist. This time terrorizing his own people.