Evening, blowing a fresh breeze from the sea through the streets of Benghazi, and the townspeople come in their hundreds to the beach promenade, to have fun here. At this hour, buzzing like flies buzzing stories big fat through the streets of the day are still hot. NATO, so tell the people, have new bombs, which contained sleeping gas. Soon they’ll drop those bombs on the positions Gadhafis. The soldiers of the dictator would sleep peacefully, the rebels marched to Tripoli without having to fire a shot. In a few days, so the people say at the beach promenade, it’ll be so far. Others will dream of the tourists who wander through the city center soon Benghazi.
As a foreign reporter to get a foretaste of the visitor program: A guide explains the murals that show the gruesome end Gadhafis – threatened by crocodiles, hit by bullets, blown apart by bombs, as hamburgers eaten, locked behind bars. Then presents the leader Muftah el-Feitiri, an old, thin man in traditional dress, sitting on the beach promenade is like a living monument to the revolution. Muftah wears a large, framed picture of his son in front of them. He was executed in 1996 in prison in Tripoli Busleem along with 1,200 other inmates. Muftah mourns the death of his son as loudly and forcefully that the horror one moves to the limbs.
Sleep bombs and tourism boom – both stories sound fantastic. But with such rumors, and dreaming of Benghazi breaks out of the dungeon from the dictator, intertwines with the world, from the Gadhafi has cut more than forty years. It is a hectic, non-transparent, a ubiquitous business. Its center is the lobby of the Hotel Tibesti. Here come all who want to do in any way with the new Libya. Business people drink tea, haggling for deals that journalists write blocks before sitting with drawn people who quit can not even tell, diplomats walk around and touch gently the still invisible contours of the new Libya. Want to be then there are the fortune hunters, adventurers, spies, gun men, sell the security, and to the uncertainty felt. Seems so peaceful lobby of the Tibesti: The war is here from the context of the unfolding panorama of war whose end after nearly four months is still not in sight.
Benghazi is Libya’s capital of the new, but it is so only on demand – is only to Tripoli. For there are here all agree that Libya should be, will be preserved as a unified state and its capital will be Tripoli. All the diplomats who have been sent here insist that they have kept only the task of connecting with the National Transitional Council of Libya, until the move to Tripoli. Even the Transitional Council in Benghazi will be no alternative government, but only a temporary measure, until Tripoli Gadhafis control slipping away. But when will it be ready?
In a few days, unanimously say the Libyans in Benghazi, in a few days a decision would be enforced. The rebels had pulled together 15,000 men at Brega. They had orders to move troops Gadhafis the fatal blow. That victory was very close to that which is claimed for months. He has not been set. Because the dream of a quick victory stand in the way a few simple facts. For example, the size of the country: There are 1,000 kilometers from Benghazi to Tripoli. The free Libya must first have an armed force that can overcome the immense distances in a short time without losing effectiveness.
Twice a week, Monday and Wednesday 10 to 12 clock, load the rebel journalists at a large barracks on the western outskirts of one of Benghazi to attend the training the troops, the army Gadhafis to wrestle. Hundreds march men of all ages who have volunteered to make push-ups. Students, farmers, engineers, unemployed, civil servants, pensioners – an entire people can be trained here, but her fighting spirit is not in proportion to the quality of their weapons. In a workshop at the barracks mechanic take apart old appliances shooting, put them back together, clean weld and solder. One imagines itself alternately in a museum and a hobby room. To counteract this impression, demonstrating from the mechanics and the efficiency of the assembled device, firing a heavy machine gun in the sky that it breaks one’s ears – stuck to the machine gun and a mechanic again with hammer and wrench goes to work.
EU helps only partially with money problems
Meanwhile, the rebels against the Libyan authorities are struggling with money problems. The European Union wants to help here is limited. Although the EU foreign ministers took the “urgent financial needs” of the National Transitional Council in Benghazi note. However, they see little ways to remedy them, it said in a statement after a meeting of ministers in Luxembourg.
The use of frozen accounts of the Libyan government is of crucial importance for the transition process towards a democratic state, Libya, it said in the statement. Such measures could only be done in the framework state law. Experts had noted in both the EU and Libya in the Contact Group, that it was not lawful, the frozen assets to be transferred easily to the Transitional Council. However, Italy has been part of those assets accepted as collateral for loans to the Transitional Council.
EU diplomats said, beyond humanitarian assistance, it is extremely difficult to finance the transitional council in Benghazi. Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (FDP) said it was legitimate to expect that the transitional council financial assistance. In Europe, “significant amounts billion frozen” are. In Germany alone there are more than seven billion euros. “These funds are not even our European countries, but they belong to the people of Libya.” Westerwelle said the EU needed to “find ways” to use this money to the “practical support for the Libyan people,” especially in the reconstruction.