In the last few days Libya has been making the world rejoice over its new developments in the field of law, democracy and tolerance. In confirmation of allegiance to the selected course for the bright future a branch of the Red Cross was blown up, and two Russians were sentenced - one for life, the other - for a very long time; employees of the ICC were taken hostage, and the British ambassador was fired at.
On the path of democratic development of the country the Libyan authorities and their sympathizers have spared no effort or time. It is very interesting to watch how the country that was recently groaning under the yoke of a tyrant is moving to the civilized rails. Who said that it looks like the train that had gone downhill? The filthy liar's tongue will be cut off.
Let's take a cursory look at the main achievements. A little over a week ago, the Libyan military court sentenced two Russians for allegedly repairing military equipment for al-Gaddafi, while NATO was struggling to bomb it. Of course, decided the tribunal, such resistance to civilized peace-keeping forces should be punished with all severity.
The trial was swift and fair in the new Libyan way. Why bother with details? Alexander Shadrov was given a life sentence, and Vladimir Dolgov was sentenced to ten years in prison. In addition to Dolgov, another nineteen Ukrainians and three Belarusians were sentenced to the same period.
The Russian Foreign Ministry until recently fervently believed that they would be able to agree with the tri-color authorities amicably, and expressed their outraged indignation to Tripoli. "We expressed bewilderment and indignation of the Russian side to the Libyan diplomat about the unreasonably harsh and unfair judgment against our citizens. We highlighted the need to consider in subsequent proceedings under the procedures in this case the fact that these citizens did not participate in combat on the side of the troops of the former regime and have been detained for a long time," said the press service of the Foreign Ministry.
The problem actually lies in the fact that there is no one to listen to these words. The authorities, who have entrenched themselves in the Libyan capital, can be called a government with a huge stretch of imagination: they are bandit gangs. Negotiations with them are vaguely reminiscent of the negotiations with Shamil Basayev who invaded a maternity ward.
The sentence given to the Russians looks like the oriental revenge carried out with refined cruelty. Russia was simply deceived: in the course of the investigation the Libyan authorities have promised that it is unlikely to come to trial, and if it does, the sentence will be soft.
"But the verdict, even allowing for the peculiarity of the region, was unexpected and cruel," said the offended envoy of the Russian President Mikhail Margelov. What a surprise! How tricky and unpredictable the Libyan authorities are. Poor Margelov with his trusting Slavic soul!
"This decision is not the most suitable for building a rational foreign policy because it damages the relations with Russia, Ukraine and Belarus," said Margelov. It is sad to point out the obvious to the Presidential envoy, but the new Libyan authorities do not care about Moscow, Kiev and Minsk. The never hid it, as well as their bitter resentment of the fact that the three states did not rush to renounce Gaddafi.
However, as subsequent events have shown, they do not care about the entire world, including the recent zealous assistants.
A few days ago in Libya the representatives of the International Criminal Court were detained (read: suddenly seized and held hostage) - an organization that over the last year was badly concerned over the war crimes of Gaddafi and his family. This is how it unveiled: four representatives, of which two women and one Russian, came to Zintan to see the imprisoned Saif al-Islam. After the interview took place, the ICC staff were captured and charged with espionage and transfer of some secret papers to Saif.
"The Libyan authorities have not informed us of any of the charges, or whereabouts and condition of our colleagues. We do not have the slightest information on this matter, we have lost contact with them. I can say that our staff visited Saif al-Islam on the order of the judges in The Hague and in agreement with the Libyan authorities. This was the official mission, our envoys had immunity, and their detention is not lawful," helplessly stated ICC.
The commander of the bandit gang that detained the envoys has a different opinion about the mission of the detainees and the documents they allegedly gave to Saif. "Among these papers were letters from people who are wanted in Libya. There was an appeal to the International Court of Justice that al-Islam had to sign. The prisoner was also advised to tell everyone who visited him about him being mistreated in prison and that there is no law in Libya." Of course, there is law in Libya. Anyone who doubts this should be immediately decapitated.
The Europeans probably do not understand. Only sophisticated oriental brain could think of this: ICC is assisting Saif al Islam al-Gaddafi. The person who can definitely expect no good in The Hague.
Although it is not clear what he may expect in Libya: no matter how hard local authorities are trying, they were able to charge Saif only on the absence of a license for camels and the non-compliances in fish farming.
The Libyan authorities have become a bit careless. The West may start suspecting that something is wrong in the country it benefited. The ICC representatives were detained, British ambassador was shot in the "cradle of revolution", Benghazi but not killed (the bandits still have not learned how to shoot), but the situation is still disturbing.
The incident with the ambassador is understandable. But recently in Benghazi, a beauty salon was attacked. The attackers did not do it for powder, lipstick and lotions. The owner of salon who for many years worked quietly under the cursed Gaddafi regime, said that she was repeatedly threatened with an attack and demanded to close her salon as it was an expression of feminism and "sexualization" of women.
In Misurata a branch of the Red Cross was blown up to definitively ascertain the international community that the new Libyan government is full of peace and goodwill. Well, the explosions can be understood - how would you accept the fact that the damned staff, bearing the illegal symbols of Islam, now and then find the mass graves of the supporters of the ousted regime? They ruin all the good picture.
In short, Libya is alive and well, every day getting better under the new regime. Apparently, the Libyan authorities scratched their heads and realized that the people will not be able to stand that much happiness at once. Libya abolished the law forbidding under threat of imprisonment (three years to life) to praise the regime of Gaddafi and speak warmly about the colonel and his children. The remnants of "green" power can now safely have nostalgic conversations: from now on they will not be imprisoned, maybe just shot on the street, but not jailed. Indeed, there is law in Libya.
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