Today finishing this story, with more information about Saif al-Islam Gaddafi. Recall that he recently announced his intention to run for President of Libya, vowing to avenge his father’s death and to rebuild his country.
So far, though, Saif’s program has been limited to general concepts, such as “Saving the nation, restoring its Arabic, African and Islamic identity, preserving individual and group rights, and the complete destruction of terrorism on this territory.” Saif has also alluded to such mechanisms as “seeking help from the U.N.” which does not sound very concrete.
Recall that one year ago, in March 2017 the Libyan tribes (who always constituted Muammar Gaddafi’s core base) conducted their usual gathering in Tunis. Delegates arrived, representing all the regions of Libya. There were also foreign delegations, including representatives from the “unrecognized” Donetsk and Lugansk Peoples Republics.
Also participating were representatives of the murdered leader, including a man named Takhar Dagesh. I cannot find any additional information about Takhar, nor even the proper spelling of his name in English; however, according to the VZGLIAD reporter, he was an official in the Gaddafi government. When forced into emigration he organized a political movement called “The Council of Tribes and Cities of Libya”, which boasts around 20,000 members in exile, and an equal number on the territory of the former Jamahiriya.
At the Tunis conference, Saif was acclaimed by the delegates as the legitimate representative of his father. Saif’s sister, Ayesha, who is now 41 years old, was voted as the person responsible for international affairs for this movement. In a traditional and tribal nation like Libya, the participation of the Gaddafi siblings inspires confidence in the continuity and legitimacy of the movement. In fact, the Council declared that its goal was no less than the restoration of the Jamahiriya. A project which Western crusaders sought to destroy, replacing with the ganster-like dominance of Jihadist gangs under the figleaf of Western so-called “democracy”.
From an ideological point of view, as reporter Alexander Khristoforov notes, Gaddafi’s Jamahiriya was intentioned as a “third way”, neither capitalist nor communist. The theory, as laid out by Gaddafi in his numerous philosophical and political writings, borrowed from the works of Russian anarchists! One of Gaddafi’s notable experiments was to replace the army and police with a “fully-armed people” and a people’s militia. Gaddafi’s government also experimented with the replacement of private trade with cooperative stores. Whether or not these theories were ideologically sound, Libya somehow made it work, probably thanks to the huge oil revenues, and the sharing of the wealth based on principles of “Islamic justice” and tribal values.
Today Libya consists of a fragmented nation with two competing governments. Saif and his supporters hope to end this stalemate by restoring the Jamahiriya and unifying the tribes who long, nostalgically, for the good old days of Muammar Gaddafi. The pro-Gaddafi forces maintain a principled position, supporting neither one of the two competing regional governments, and proposing themselves, once again, as a Third Way. But there are many players in this game: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, France, and all the other usual suspects; the political convolutions are very complicated, and nobody can predict how everything will turn out in the end.