The situation in Libya is a painful proof of the tendency of the international community to turn its head at the atrocities being committed within different nations – especially when the country is having a socialist coup d’etat. This has happened on multiple occasions, including but not limited to Russia in 1917, China in 1946, and Ethiopia in 1974. Libya had a monarchy from 1951 until 1969, when Muammar Gaddafi staged an overthrow of the monarchy in favor of a socialist state. This coup d’etat set the stage for a changing political crisis that has been going on since.
Canada’s involvement in Libya has been no exception to this neglect. Canada has only shown effort for the past eight years, starting in 2011. Even then, its involvement was completely based off of NATO agreements rather than a genuine humanitarian interest in the welfare of Libyan people.
Canada firmly believes that earlier action ought to have been taken to aid Libya’s situation, and that Libya may have had a more stable government had it been given more attention in 1969 by the international community. We also believe that the instability of the Libyan government is a representation of the continuist failure that communist coups have proven worldwide as well as failure to vastly change a country’s form of government in too short a period of time. The international community must change its ways and no longer stand for this.
The UN can solve the governmental crisis by 1) discussing the issue with both leaders of Libya’s factions 2) putting in troops from across the UN to maintain peace 3) merging the two factions into one united Libyan government without a centrally socialist system.
- Giremt Benyam