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According to Egyptian analyst Jawad, many Libyans have a close connection with radical and moderate Islamist movements. Many Libyans have made it to the leadership of Al-Qaeda. And even the Libyan version of the Muslim Brotherhood has a more radical and tribal outlook compared to the Egyptian version of political groups who are conditioned by operating in relatively open societies with a history of more liberal politics. "The Islamist movements, whether extremist or moderate, are most important," Jawad says. "In fact, they are the only organized group that could be effective in determining the future of Libya, during this conflict and after this conflict reaches an end."
Akl says the best hope for Libya now is some kind of a coalition between the tribal forces, the elites, and the military. "Chaos is inevitable. Civil war is questionable because it depends on the manner in which Qaddafi will actually leave Libya or the manner in which he will act in the coming days." Ultimately, Akl concludes, the future of the country now lies in the hands of those with access to wealth and information. "There are no political forces working inside Libya, there are no political parties, [and] there is a very weak civil society," Akl says. "So you are actually talking about the elites, that is the tribe leaders, the university professors, and the religious scholars."
Along with the mainstays from other protests there was a new presence from the side of fanatic Islamism. Chanting slogans such as: "Gaddafi burn in hell!" "Obama Burn in hell" and "Sharia Law is the only choice." Some demonstrators voiced their hardline views. Tensions ran high between the two sides, with one claiming to speak for all Libyans, and the other proclaiming violent Jihad, narrow Sharia Law or nothing. Despite the new presence of extremists, some of whom appeared to have little connection to Libya, protesters today had a modest aim, for the Libyan Embassy to take down the green flag of oppression that flies in front of it. Both sides were vocally against Gaddafi, but each had very different aims