Through marshy lands-Need for reason and Moral Imagination
Tripoli is free. Shafshoofa Maleshi-Long haired person (some say full of lice) –Sorry, many small children sing out on the streets,referring to the long-haired deposed dictator. In these ‘marshy lands’ of unquestioned tradition and unreflected response and chaos , reason has its reach-compromised neither by the importance of instinctive psychology nor by the presence of cultural diversity in the world. It has an especially important role to play in the cultivation of moral imagination.
Boat to Lampadusa
The Choir at Dahra’s San Francisco Church
The workers from the Sub-saharan Africa are in danger of being targeted as mercenaries. They are from the countries where neither capitalist democracy nor Marxist socialism have a foothold. There are no resources to be marketed, no working class that could serve as a revolutionary avant-garde, just starving people. French post colonial post structuralist philosophers became their advocates. With the global proliferation of poverty and inequality, both the democratic mission of the West and opposition to it, with all their religious and political underpinnings, are becoming radicalized and compromised. The boats carrying them to Lampadusa are sometimes successful, at others tragedy takes over.
Zoo animals are short of food, water and care
As I recall these six months, memories go back to some who did not make it. On the third night of the NATO bombing one colleague, long term resident of Tripoli, originally from India, Dr.Sen passed away. We had made it a point to ring each other up daily at around 8 pm to know about the situation. The stress was too much for him. I do not get calls at 8 pm any more. His memory lives on..
“His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead”
James Joyce-The Dead
A visit to Bab-Al-Aziziya
Victory march-Brother fighters
“Curiosity did not kill this cat”. Thousands visited this once-feared compound of the old-regime, many of them armed. However, one has to take care as not everyone is celebrating Eid with the same sentiment here. This is a society which has been broken at many levels.
Thousands of armed men from Jebel Nafusa, Misurata,Benghazi
Joined their brothers in Tripoli.
A society in need of healing
“My family is in Tunisia, my brother is in cemetery.” This sad refrain by a colleague summarized the predicament of thousands of Libyans.
“We have run out of drinking water and are using the water condensed from the air-conditioner for drinking” one veteran told with a heavy voice.
Even then, with all it’s hardships, uncertainties, challenges, people are happy as-Tripoli is free.
Ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria-Depicted in a Mosaic in Eastern Libya
A united free Libya with Tripoli as it’s capital was their aim.
Many latent energies come alive after these decades of struggle
These are the links to articles-thoughts-interviews on Arab Spring in Libya
Did militarism overshadow other aspects of the movement?
Will the women pay a heavier price of this than the children?
I stayed in Libya throughout the period of the Civil War , witnessed firsthand the buildup to the revolt and the Failed February Uprising of Tripoli (see articles http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/feb2011/lett-f22.shtml)
and the Successful August Uprising of Tripoli and the storming of Bab-Aziziya compound of Gaddafi.