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The Libyan dialogue on the Amaziegh people

The direction in which the dialogue concerning the Amaziegh in Libya has gone into is shameful to all of us Libyans. Here we are again Libyans, wasting yet another opportunity for a constructive dialogue that could enhance our understanding of each other as Arabs and Amaziegh and one that could possibly have a positive impact on the way we see and interact with each other as people who hold the same identity (Libyans), yet have differences in language and culture.

I was pleased in the early stage of this dialogue to see this issue being discussed for two reasons. First, because I thought that a discussion of this issue by educated and intellectual Libyans was well over due, and second because of the medium where the discussion was taking place (the Internet). My thoughts were that because of the ability of the participants in the discussion to remain anonymous, this could make the discussion more frank and open. Needless to say that the anonymity of the Internet has also made it possible for many of the "opportunists" some of whom are paid to divide an already divided exiled Libyan community to side track the discussion.

As the Libyan proverb says " El'aib 'alay zaid el 'aqil". If we see that it is pointless to carry on arguing with certain individuals or on certain points because we don't seem to be narrowing our differences, then let's show some discipline and constrain. The dialogue that was started to better our understanding of the Amaziegh in Libya has ended up to be a low level pointless discussion. I sadly admit that the Libyan mind is in crisis, for it to push aside the 80-90% that Arabs and Amaziegh in Libya have in common, and focus on the 10-20% differences. That is the hard to swallow state of our affairs.

One last comment is that Mr. Azzwari does not represent the opinions of all of the Amaziegh people and can only speak for himself, and therefore it seems wrong to me to attack all the Amaziegh people for the opinions that he holds, and the reverse of this scenario would also be true.

Umbashi

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