The TNC chairman, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, has declared that Islam would be the source of all laws and law-making in Libya. This is an attempt to provide the glue to hold together the disparate Libyan population deeply divided along clannish and tribal affiliations. To give the devil his due, what Qaddafi certainly accomplished was that he managed to create a state apparatus by cutting across these tribal identities. What brought his downfall was that he could not read the writing on the wall that the tidal wave of change that grew from a ripple in Tunisia would reach the shores of Libya and eventually swamp his rule. He had to pay with his own life and the lives of thousands for his obstinacy in the face of dazzling light of facts and realities of time.
Libya is poised to be directed to be put on a path of new order, or in worse case scenario, plunged in a chaos, an unintended consequence of the fall of a strong man. The immediate challenge for the TNC is to steer the country out of the mess created by uprising which was successful in what is dubbed as liberating Libya. A clear time table and streamlined process of electing a governing body and constitution-making machinery be spelled out and carried through. Any unnecessary delay may open a cane of worms upsetting the applecart of fledgling democracy.
The makeup of Libyan society is such that a slight mistrust can lead to full-blown civil war pitting the various tribes against one another in an internecine bloody struggle. The momentous step forward towards the realization of hopes and dreams of freedom must be capitalized and this is possible by handling the transition period with efficiency and sincerity. The foreign powers ought to get involved in the country with humanitarian and altruistic mindset in seeing through the journey on the road of freedom not aiming only at country’s assets for materialistic gains. Institution-building now has to be the first priority on the part of these powers after helping the Libyans to throw off the clutches of dictatorship. In the end, it is the responsibility and obligation of Libyans themselves to salvage the country of the current morass of uncertainty and enjoy the fruits of their labour underpinned by all sorts of sacrifice.