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Yes, dear Alain Badiou, the position you adopt in
of the Libyan people was indeed
a sorry surprise for me. There is indeed a palpable difference between Libya and what is happening elsewhere. A palpable difference that is very indistinct to your touch. One of sociocultural understanding and one of context. For you see, Libya is different from Tunisia and Egypt. There is no need for them to be the same in order to fulfill your set criteria of what you define as a popular uprising, which is restricted to the visualization of masses of people. Are you forgetting the actual size of the population of Libya; or are you forgetting the merciless clutch of Gadaffi on them?
A popular uprising in Libya is a concept that needs to be redefined for the sake of accuracy through interpretation. A good attempt to do so is to consider it as
"any number of a group of people who have the courage to mobilize in taking a stand against Gadaffi."
Reality augments this definition and provides plentiful evidence in support of my argument. Is it not enough for you to see the entire east liberated with thousands upon thousands of deaths as a result of popular uprising; in the Libyan sense of the word? Is it not enough for you to see different parts of the west continually struggling in resistance as a result of their uprising? Is it not enough for you to know that those whose voices have been silenced in non-liberated areas, are united in heart with the rest of the country? Is it not enough for you to know that those voices that do indeed travel the media waves and land on ears like yours, are non-representative of the popular majority and representative of an unpopular minority?
Just because the placards, banners, posters and flags that were featured in the Tunisian and Egyptian demonstrations aren't found in Libya, does not indicate anything of significance; apart from the fact that you assume that Tunisia, Egypt and Libya are all one and the same thing. They are not and any person with common knowledge of the sociocultural factors and particularly the politics of the region knows this; your lack of awareness surprises me and I am sure would surprise many.
One very striking fact about the Libyan ‘rebels' are that they are not rebels at all; except in the eye of the beholder. This is something that the majority of the global community fail to realize as a result of their subjective dependance on manipulative media and lack of objective reasoning based on facts. Let us look at the word rebel. In its simplest terms, rebels resist authority and control. This was not the case in Libya. Those people who struggle against the regime in fact resisted laxity as opposed to authority. 42 years of lax disorder and misrepresentation under the regime. They also resisted weakness as opposed to control. 42 years of a government with no concern for strengthening what is in the common interest of the people; through the most basic of rights and amenities.
With regards to women, Eman Al-Obeidi is a single woman that 'you' out of millions upon millions of people have obviously not seen. A woman who speaks for millions through noble action and not just through words. Her visibility stands as clear as the sun in a sky that hovers above all populations struggling for freedom and a better way. There are many just like her and even more are those who are united with her in heart; not just in Libya but around the world.
The only people organizing the fall of Gaddafi are those who directly oppose him on the ground and around the world in thought and heart. This was not the initiative or issue for any secret service men from France or the UK, but rather an issue for the Libyan people. This has established by misrule and mobilized by technology and trend but I doubt such an argument can be understood by a conspiracy theorist like yourself.
There are no weapons of unknown origin that emerged in Libya, asides from those being being used by the regime against the people of Libya and being paid for with their money. However, one weapon is of certain origin; the weapon of common belief and struggle that originates in the hearts of those who have had enough. It is this weapon that will beat any weapons of unknown origin, in the present... and in the future...
Your view is highly disconnected from the reality of affairs in Libya; and as such, it is a great shame. It is highly recommended that you do more extensive research or at least, speak to some Libyans... that is the very least you can do, before speaking on their behalf... speak to some who are representative of the common-folk and not the regime; it will make a world of difference for you and those who believe in what you say.
/ 08 April 2011
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