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Peaceful Protest or Armed Rebellion
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!