I have said before:
” When does an army of unemployed, simply become – an army…? “
~ Mohammed Abbas – REUTERS
TRIPOLI | Fri Sep 2, 2011
Saoud al-Hafi, a coordinator of the uprising in the capital Tripoli, commenting on the young mens’ celebrations in the city’s Martyrs’ Square:
“I know a lot of these people and they are willing to give up their arms. But they want to see jobs, security. Jobs are very, very important. It’s one of the things that ignited the revolution,” he said.
Like the young men who overthrew authoritarian leaders in Tunisia and Egypt earlier this year, the fighters who took up arms after a February 17 revolt cite a lack of good jobs and a poor economy as one of the main reasons for the uprising.
“The reason for the revolution is poverty. A few controlled everything. It will take one or two years for the economic situation to improve,” said Nizal al-Tayari, 26, one of the anti-Gaddafi fighters at the square.
“If there’s no change, we can have another revolution,” he added.
“They are not the type who are used to taking orders. These are the types of people who will go out, who are really angry, and they just want to change the system. They don’t know how to do it, and it’s very hard to put them back in boxes and say, ‘This is the way you should go’,” he said.
“We have to accept that these guys took away Gaddafi. We must give them the benefit of the doubt and listen to them ….
Disarming them and jobs are equally important. If we have enough good jobs for these people, then we will take more of the arms and we will teach them how to live in a civilized democratic country where we talk without guns,” he added.
If you want to start and run a Revolution – talk with the unemployed young men.
You think it can’t happen here?
There are other options than resorting to the gun, but you can’t wait too long…