The UK prime minister commented:
“Today is a day to remember all of Colonel Gaddafi’s victims. People in Libya today have an even greater chance of building a strong and democratic future. From those who died in connection with the Pan Am Flight over Lockerbie, to Yvonne Fletcher in a London street, and obviously all the victims of IRA terrorism who died through their use of Libyan Semtex. We should also remember the many, many Libyans who died at the hands of this brutal dictator and his regime. People in Libya today have an even greater chance, after this news, of building themselves a strong and democratic future. I’m proud of the role that Britain has played in helping them to bring that about and I pay tribute to the bravery of the Libyans who’ve helped to liberate their country. We will help them, we will work with them.”
A statement likely to attract much critisim.
What next for Libya?
The revolution in Libya has thrown up some powerful new folk heroes. Sheikh Khaled Sherrif, a lifelong Islamist, now wants to be part of Libya’s political main stream. Sheikh Khaled is a close lieutenant of Abdel Hakkim Belhaj, a fellow former Islamist fighter and political prisoner and now one of the most powerful men in Tripoli. Both men have denounced democracy in the past, asserting that jihad was the only way to ensure the victory of Islam.Now, though, they say they want to be part of Libya’s post-revolutionary political mainstream. Sheikh Kaheld expressed dialogue is the best way forward he further said,
“We [Libyans] need to speak to each other and, God willing, we will reach agreement. The Libyan people need space to choose the kind of government they want. We will be with them on this journey. No-one should force anything on the Libyan people.”
“We are Muslims, but we are moderate by nature, we cannot accept extremism. We are well-educated. We know what we are doing. We want our Islamic culture but not an Islamic state” a woman said in Tripoli’s city centre market.