The Impressive NTC

Good news coming out of Libya.  The rebels seem to be well-organized.

Whatever Colonel Qaddafi’s whereabouts, most are concerned with what will follow him. Members of the transitional council are sharply aware of the experience of Iraq, and are determined not to repeat its mistakes. Benghazi experienced a comparatively smooth transition to rebel control in February, thanks largely to the policy of the rebel interim government, the NTC, of keeping key technocrats in their posts. There is no ruling party akin to the Baath party in Iraq, and so less pressure to get rid of policemen, power-plant managers, and others who may have been linked with the fallen regime but who are also key to running a modern city. NTC officials have also warned rebel fighters against reprisal attacks and looting: “The world is watching us… Do not avenge yourselves, don’t pillage, don’t insult foreigners and respect the prisoners,” senior council member Mahmoud Jibril declared on national television.

And there’s this:

When the final push came, it seemed to evince an admirable degree of orchestration. The NTC’s forces surged into Tripoli from three fronts, joining a general outpouring into the streets that began with several imams’ call for the evening prayer on Saturday.

Obviously this thing is only just beginning, but it is heartening to watch a well-orchestrated regime change without U.S. fingerprints all over it.


About brianbergfeld
I am an economics PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis.

3 Responses to The Impressive NTC

  1. Adam says:

    Does this in any way affect your position advocating against NATO’s support of the rebels?

    • brianbergfeld says:

      I don’t think the (apparently) successful outcome justifies the intervention. My concern was not that the rebels would fail but that the US had no business being involved.

      That said, if we are going to have a military intervention, I would prefer it to look more like Libya than Iraq (assuming I can’t get Egypt or Tunisia).

  2. brianbergfeld says:

    Some cracks appearing?

    “Seif’s public appearance contradicted the rebels’ claims a day earlier that they had captured him and raised questions about the veracity of their assertions that up to 80 percent of the capital was under their control.”

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