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Rebels Reject Gaddafi Sons ‘Peace Offer’

From the rebels’ spokesmen, Al Jazeera:

Libyan rebels reject Gaddafi ‘peace’ overture

Libyan rebels say they would not accept any solution that would leave Muammar Gaddafi or his sons in power in Tripoli.

05 Apr 2011

A diplomatic push by Muammar Gaddafi’s regime to end the country’s conflict has run into trouble as the opposition said it rejected any proposal that would leave the Libyan leader or his sons in power.

"This war has shown everyone and the world that Gaddafi’s sons are no different from him," Iman Bughaigis, the opposition spokeswoman, said in Benghazi. "They are two sides of the same coin."

"Spokeswoman"? You have to wonder how long that will last if the rebels do win.

"Gaddafi has been waging a war on our people with the help of his sons’ militias and mercenaries, so we see no difference between them. There is no way to negotiate with this regime."

The New York Times reported on Monday that Saif al-Islam and Saadi Gaddafi, two of the Libyan leader’s sons, have created their own plan to remove their father from power amicably and negotiate an end to the conflict.

However, US officials said they had no information about a plan involving Gaddafi transferring power to one of his sons. "Ultimately it’s not something that the US needs to decide," Mark Toner, the state department spokesman, said.

He also indicated that the US was not yet ready to recognise the Libyan opposition, though he said "we continue to advise them and communicate with them regularly"

We are funding and probably arming the rebels. As well as protecting them, via NATO’s air force. So why pretend that this isn’t our decision?

And given that we are only in Libya to protect innocent civilians, we should pressure the ‘rebels’ to accept this offer. After all, we have repeatedly announced that don’t want to impose any regime change.

So it follows that we should make the rebels to accept any offer that would protect their lives and the lives of the other innocent Libyan civilians.

On Monday, a government spokesperson said the Libyan government is ready to negotiate reforms, such as elections or a referendum, but only its own people can decide whether Gaddafi should stay on as leader.

"We could have any political system, any changes: constitution, election, anything, but the leader has to lead this forward. This is our belief," Musa Ibrahim, the Libyan information minister, told reporters on Tuesday

Again, we should insist that the rebels accept this arrangement, since innocent lives will be protected and any future disasters would be averted. Remember, we are not there for regime change. We are there to prevent the loss of innocent lives.

The Libyan government spokesperson says no conditions could be imposed from outside "Don’t decide our future from abroad, give us a proposal for change from within," he said. Ibrahim described Gaddafi as "the safety valve" for the unity of the country’s tribes and people.

"We think he is very important to lead any transition to a democratic and transparent model.

"The leader has no official position to step down from. … He has a symbolic significance for the Libyan people. How Libya is governed is a different matter. What kind of political system is implemented in the country is a different matter. This is a question we can talk about."

He could resign his commission as ‘colonel.’

Ibrahim accused some Western leaders of trying to topple Gaddafi out of personal interest or for economic gain.

"We know there are some politicians in power in the West who just have a personal problem with the leader … Others have economic interests which they think would be served better if the government collapsed."

And he might have a point. Of course some Western leaders are even more venal than that. They just want to exploit the Libyan situation to help them hold on to power in their own countries.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 5th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Rebels Reject Gaddafi Sons ‘Peace Offer’”

  1. Petronius says:

    If the Libyan people need a new Muslim ruler perhaps we could give them ours.

    • Right of the People says:

      Do you really hate the people of Libya that much Petronius?

      I think the Mooselimb Bro-hood is going for a two for one sale here. They’ve got Egypt and now they want the neighboring countries. Gotta build that Islamic supernation ya know.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Wow, do these guys wear plaid leisure suits and white shoes? ‘Cuz I’m gettin’ the urge to buy a used car here.

  3. heykev says:

    Why don’t we simply install the Muslim Brotherhood’s handpicked leader now? This way we don’t have to wait til summer for it to happen.

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