“Thousands of people, including women and children, are being illegally detained by rebel militias in Libya, according to a report by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Many of the prisoners are suffering torture and systematic mistreatment while being held in private jails outside the control of the country’s new government. The document, seen by The Independent, states that while political prisoners being held by the Gaddafi regime have been released, their places have been taken by up to 7,000 new “enemies of the state”, “disappeared” in a dysfunctional system, with no recourse to the law. The report will come as uncomfortable reading for the Western governments, including Britain, which backed the campaign to oust Gaddafi……..”
Some of the news out of “liberated” Libya doesn’t sound good for the future. Most of the current leaders of the “new” Libya were either men who served under Qaddafi for many years, or fundamentalists who were in prison or exile. None of the above have any experience with nor any attachment to things like democracy, freedom of religion, or freedom of expression. There are a few who were in exile in Western academic institution, and have aspirations for democracy and freedoms but they are a few who don’t have the political base that the others, the darker forces, have.