One of Africa's leading oil states is tearing apart at the seams defined largely along the divisions suppressed during Moammar Gadhafi's autocracy, Graeber writes. With 48 billion barrels of proven oil reserves at stake, what's next for Libya may have less to do with political reform than it does with who controls the oil spigots.
The abduction of Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan yesterday shows that Libya is unlikely to emerge from anarchy without outside help. NATO should train government security forces. The UN or EU should sponsor a disarmament conference with the militias destabilizing the country.
A militia that fought against Muammar Qaddafi in Libya's civil war two years ago claimed responsibility for Zeidan's abduction, saying it detained him on orders from the prosecutor general.