Sovereignty can be defined as the quality of having large supreme and independent authority over a given geographical area, for instance, a territory. Numerous nations give the sovereignty aspect a high priority, in that they tend to do most of their undertakings without wanting outside interference. The recent events of the Libyan government and the dictator in refusing to listen to the pleas of the international community and other countries to effectively quit the government and leave the political scene is an example. The country has the right to do as it pleases with its resources despite the stand of the other nations. A recent article by Byman in the Washington Post is a clear example that brings out the concept of sovereignty out effectively. The Libyan president has refused persistently to step out, despite it clearly being to the best interest of the citizens of his country (1).
Power can be defined as the ability of an individual to possess higher abilities and strength in terms of resources and knowledge especially, though not exclusively over other individuals in the given jurisdiction. The concept of power can be brought out very clearly in the context of the article by Byman. The Libyan president is exercising his power over his people. By using dictatorship methods to rule the country, the Libyan leader brings out the concept of power clearly. He rules the nation with a broad say towards the national policies, despite them not being true. The command he has over the army, and the civilians at large is evidently an evidence of power he has over them. Further, his power is enhanced by the fact that he has numerous personal property and wealth, abroad and at home (8).
Politics involves the various methods that are used by individuals to make or reach certain conclusions regarding certain issues, especially those that are of national interest. This aspect has been clearly brought out in the article. The fact that the United States can do very little concerning the situation in Libya due to past experiences, and other present considerations is political. The inter-relations of the United States and the other influential countries in the world today, in relation to the Libyan case is also evidently a political matter.
Influence can be referred to as the ability or attribute of an individual to effectively have control over the others. People with influence determine the running of various important undertakings as well as also dictating their course directly or indirectly. The aspect of influence has been brought out in the article. With the recent trends of the Libyan president, the article brings out the influential aspect of the Libyan leader. The current Libyan president has been very adamant in quitting office. The fact that most of his citizens want him out of power makes him even clinch onto the power more. Some individuals have been forced to support him since they cannot risk disobeying him. His influence in the military and also the general public is evident. This influence has accrued due to his long lasting period in the post of the president.
The article by Byman has helped bring out the concepts of power, influence, politics and sovereignty in the context of the current Libyan crisis where the president has refused to let go of power. The president considers the support given by allied forces to rebel groups as a breach on the concept of sovereignty. He uses his wealth to ensure his influence and power is felt across his followers. The concept of politics comes out because the whole situation is politically motivated.
Byman, D (2011). What the no-fly zone in Iraq reveals about the challenges in Libya. Washington Post. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/what-the-no-fly-zone-in-iraq-should-have-taught-us-about-the-challenges-in-libya/2011/03/23/AFk2t9VB_story.html