The war for freedom in Libya may be over, but a year later the battle for the Libyan capital has developed a new battlefield in Syria. Under the command of one of the most well known rebels, Al-Mahbi al-Harati more than 30 Libyan capital fighters made their way into Syria to support the free Syrian Army rebels in their war against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Al-Harati who has dual Libyan and Irish citizenship, visited Syria last year on what he calls a “fact finding mission” to see the situation on the ground and to find out what Syrian rebels needed. Earlier this year Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, accused Libya of hosting and training Syrian rebels. In response, many in Libya say they relate to Syrians who want to overthrow the regime, since it was not too long ago that they lived a similar experience.
We should care about this issue because it is similar to the events of the Arab Spring and how it affected countries like Libya. Libya’s past events involved protests, movements, and violence which inevitably lead to the removal of their leader and regime. From the looks of it Syria seems to be following the same path with protests and citizens hanging anti-Syrian flags on their doorstep. We should also care about this issue because of the concern and interest Libya now has with its new regime about other countries of the world. It is nice to see a regime change within Libya that is concerned with other countries struggles of being fed up with their current regime. With Libya’s experience with overthrowing a regime they may be able to help the Syrians out since they are already being accused of hosting and training Syrian rebels.
There are no official figures on how many Libyans are currently in Syria, but for prediction on what could happen Libya could help overthrow the current regime in Syria. With Libya’s help of hosting and training Syrian Soldiers and providing support it could lead to the current regime being overthrown. As for policy, I think Libya should help Syria push for a peaceful solution that will not end in a civil war. Since Syria has had experience with overthrowing a regime they know the likely hood of violence starting and should help influence Syria to transition to a new regime smoothly and peacefully when the time finally comes.