Posted in September 2012

10. Musings on Libya’s militias

Thomas Hobbes discussed in his famous work “Leviathan” the need for a strong, civil government. Without a government, the people would fall back to their natural state. This natural state is a chaotic one, a battle of man against man. In order to contain this violence, the government should have the exclusive right to use … Continue reading

9. The (ex-)mujahidin in Libya: the end of a struggle?

During the 2011 Libyan revolution the former fighters of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) joined the rebels in their fight against Mu’ammar Ghaddafi’s troops. Their militias took under guidance of their former emir (leader) Abdelhakim Belhadj in August 2011 Tripoli by surprise. Ghaddafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, desperately tried to persuade the fighters to switch … Continue reading