It has been two years sincewas killed. Oct. 20 marks the anniversary of the triumph of the Libyan uprising against him. In spite of the flag-waving, fireworks, and other celebrations, the Libyan government faces many problems.
The celebrations were loud with patriotic music blaring, fireworks and bursts of automatic gunfire from the numerous militias. However, many Libyans worry about the security situation and the lawlessness that often rules, with militias forcing the government to implement their own agendas in a number of cases. The situation was not helped by the US kidnapping an al-Qaida suspect, Abu Anas al-Libi, from in front of his house in Tripoli, spiriting him off to a US ship, and about a week later to New York for trial on terrorism charges. Islamists believe that the government was complicit in the operation. Apparently the government did sanction it but did not know where and when it would take place. There has been an increase in drug use and crime.
Libyan Journalist Ashraf Wahab said: "I am feeling that Libya gets crushed in a wall or something like that because there were no security at the moment. And I am feeling that the government is very weak. And the government must do very good steps about the security issue in Libya.” However, many were pleased that at least they could criticize the situation and the government without ending up in jail. Many complain loudly about the security situation and the inability of the government to solve problems. Prime Minister Ali Zidan said that he was "swimming against the current" in a country filled with independent militias armed to the teeth. Not long after al-Libi’s capture, Zidan was kidnapped from a hotel where he was staying and held for several hours by a militia group associated with the Libyan Interior Ministry.
The government has been unable to build a central police force or a national army powerful enough to control militias, many of whom are actually hired by the government to provide security. Over the last two years the militias have grown from just tens of thousands to almost 200,000. Zidan blamed "various parties" for blocking the establishment of an effective military and police force and said that there were "people who want to hijack the state.” It would seem that from time to time the militias can hijack the state. This summer militias besieged ministries and in effect forced the Libyan parliament to pass an extremely divisive Political Isolation Law that bans any senior Gadhafi-era officials from politics. Many in the present government served the Gadhafi regime but defected many years ago or joined the rebels early in the conflict. Zidan claimed that his government was limited in its powers: "What can we do? ... The situation is beyond the capability of anyone."