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Peaceful Protest or Armed Rebellion

Updated on October 20, 2011

Each time that we turn on the TV, we see on the news, the Libyan 'conflict'.

Sometimes it appears that the rebels are getting the upper hand only to be followed soon after by news that the rebels are being forced back by the Libyan government troops.

This conflict seems likely to run for some time yet and if past events are anything to go by, it could get very messy indeed.

Some news broke today saying that the Syrian cabinet was going to step down and there is a possibility that the emergency laws that have been in place since 1963 will be lifted.

This begs the question surrounding the potential success of the rebellion in Libya and also whether armed rebellion is the most succesful way to go.

The armed rebellion in Libya seems to be struggling to make progress and without the No Fly Zone enforcement, may well have already failed. If reports are confirmed that the rebels are being forced back by the Libyan government troops, then the West has to ask itself what its next step will be. Will it just accept that the rebels have failed or will it go in all guns blazing with all the risks which that entails.

Compare the lack of success of the armed rebellion in Libya with the outcomes of the peaceful protests in other parts of the Middle East.

Egypt - President Hosni Mubarak steps down

Tunisia - President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali steps down

Syria - As news breaks, it appears that the Cabinet is about to resign and emergency powers that have been in place since 1963, removed.

All of the above have been peaceful protests although there has been violence against them, resulting in many deaths, but deaths will also occur in the Libyan armed rebellion too but to what ends?

Of course, there are still other countries where peaceful protests are taking place such as Bahrain and Yemen, and at present we can't predict the outcome of those, but if the above are anything to go by, it appears that a mass peaceful protest movement is far more succesful than an armed uprising.

Or, perhaps the popular uprising in Libya is less 'popular' than those in the West would have us believe!


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      Seanbob 5 years ago

      Libya is the only country who has had any real change look at history protesting never accomplishes anything lasting the only thing that has ever worked is armed rebellion

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      Ritsos 6 years ago from Nottingham UK

      I don't disagree with you, however force was also used against peaceful protesters in Tunisia and Egypt but the protests remained peaceful and the protesters won. In Libya, I suspect (unless the West get more involved), that Gaddafi will defeat the rebellion. I'm also cautious about exactly what the rebels stand for .. does anyone know ?

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      Sembj 6 years ago

      I think that if a totalitarian government has the backing of its armed forces, gold and many bucks plus is willing to kill its own people, peaceful protesting is not going to get rid of that kind of government or its leader.

      I suspect that Bahrain, Yemen and Syria will be similar to Libya in that the leaders will be willing to use force against their own people.

      My comment is meant to reflect both how interesting and how thought provoking I found your article - thanks.