Caza and His Excellency Minister

By: Faraj Abdul Salam


“Caza” is a Latin word which means house, and possibly the owner of the Caza coffee shop in Benghazi, that has earned a bad reputation after being classified as a place of vice, wanted to make the place a safe house for people, where they can find some comfort from the troubles of the city, including terrorism, violence, and extremism, before its people managed to get rid of these problems through many blood sacrifices. Those people were surprised that terrorism and violence did not leave their country. It is still there but in different shapes, some of which are more dangerous, especially when people get accused of honor-related charges.

The name of this coffee shop may be the reason of the incident, as it may be confused with “casino” which can be a place for entertainment and perhaps dancing. However, this name has a different meaning for our close neighbors in Egypt, from whom we derived most of our culture and science. The casino in Egypt is a public coffee shop that is usually in open area. Of course, here we use a simple logic and the knowledge of philology to understand the actions of His Excellency Minister Bushnaf’s policemen. and to explain why state authorities would attack a place where people drink tea and coffee and perhaps juices.

For anyone who may be surprised for mentioning the name of the temporary / permanent interior minister in the title of this article, I say it is out of the principle of holding the senior administrative official responsible for everything that is going on in his institution, or the principles of a modern civil state that the Libyans seek after decades of tyranny which they thought they had gotten rid of after the February Revolution. They discovered that they are facing even more bitter and cruel situation. If his Excellency seeks the stability and security of his “nationals,” he may have to be reminded of the chaos and crime that plagued the country, despite his policemen’s long beards. He may also have to be reminded of his predecessor who has disappeared for more than a year.

The question is whether the thoughts of the so-called Ansar Al-Sharia and ISIS, and those who take edicts from beyond the borders, have prevailed. Will the minister’s saying that he will apologize to those who were harmed in the incident would be of any benefit?

The most important question is: Does the Libyan society, especially in Cyrenaica, experience the second era of ISIS?

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