''Let the Libyans decide about their own future'' is a slogan that is often heard during the international meetings on Libya of dozens of countries. The mere fact that so many nations come together in order to talk about the future of Libya should be a warning sign for the people of Libya themselves. What I present here is a dream for a new Sovereign Libya which might just be an acceptable plan for the great majority of Libyans.


The 'New Libyan Dream' is based on the following assumptions:

- Most Libyans don't want armed youth ravaging along the streets of Libya
- Most Libyans don't want an internal war amongst Libyans themselves
- Most Libyans don't want Libya to become like Saudi Arabia
- Most Libyans want modernization in Libya - more freedom of press, gathering, internet etc.
- The era of the powerful Gaddafi family is over, but the democratic system of the Jamahiriya is not immediately tossed out, since it gives all people in Libya a voice that is more directly democratic than in most other countries.
- Most Libyans want to hold on to the position of the  best African country to live in according to the Human Development Index (1)
- Most Libyans don't want foreign troops in their country
- Most Libyans don't want any military bases in their country
- Most Libyans don't want to be economically exploited by foreign countries
- Most Libyans are not happy with foreign nations bombing their country

How to combine all these elements for a new sovereign Libya?

First of all there should be a group of people that actually represent most of the Libyans. The present Jamahiriya tribal structure together with stronger representatives from the cities, would make it possible to form a real transitional democratic government.

Jibril and Jalil have lost their trustworthiness because of their strong ties with foreign nations. NATO-countries can now decide almost everything they want, for they only need the approval of Mustafa Abdul Jalil and Mahmoud Jibril. We mustn't forget that Jibril has lived in the United States for long and has published many books on the US Policy towards Libya (2). He is also a strong advocate for liberalization and privatization (2), which makes him the perfect western asset for selling Libyan companies to western ones. Mustafa Jalil has been the minister of Economy in the Libyan government until february 2011, and might have similar ideas about privitization and liberation. Jalil and Jibril have been more occupied with gaining international recognition than in gaining Libyan internal recognition (3).

This new transitional government which represents all of Libya and not just the Nafusa Mountains and Cyrenaica, should use the tribes and the present police apparatus to get the armed youths from the streets, set up more freedom of press, more internet and they should take care that the Libyan resources remain in the hands of the Libyans. They should also set up elections in which people can vote for new parties, but they also have the right to vote for the continuation of the present democratic system. It's up to the Libyans. They should also ask NATO to stop attacking their country. The people supporting the Gaddafi era should refrain from regaining military control and work towards a new and modern Libya.

REFERENCES

(1) http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/LBY.html
(2) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Jibril
(3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K-wkWblXME&t=1m56s  (second part of the video; interview with Chris Nineham)
(*) Image taken from http://www.nationmaster.com/country/ly-libya