A new Libyan government should devise policies that benefit the Libyan people, instead of avenging Gaddafi's legacy.
By Marwan Bishara
"In order for Libya to liberate itself from four decades of the Gaddafi rule, it must also free itself from his persona.
Gaddafi no longer presents a political or even a tribal weight in the country. He’s more of a nuisance, a security challenge; a background noise that will go away sooner rather than later.
A liberated Libya 2011 is no occupied Iraq 2003. Contrary to certain sensationalist estimates, Gaddafi cannot seriously fight back long-term with a gold- or dollars-financed insurgency. The old man is finished, and neither he nor his family will be able to mount any serious challenge to reborn Libya.....
Libya can’t afford a mentality of revenge and retaliation, or an uprooting process similar to de-Ba’athification in Iraq. Its national reconstruction begins not with bricks, but with its peoples’ reconciliation.
Only after they join forces to strengthen the national, legal and territorial infrastructure of a new pluralistic and diverse Libya should the various political trends - liberal, conservative or Islamist - underline their different visions for running their promising country.
These brave Libyans who proved they can’t be daunted by Gaddafi’s violence shouldn’t be haunted by his legacy."