Reply to Dhaif Alsafha|
I would like to reply to Dhaif Alsafha on his message with subject name "Abu Isha Batal.. Abu Isha Tafih."
I want to start by saying that I am not, nor have I ever been a member of
any Libyan opposition group. I always consider myself a member of the
Islamic community at large. In the UK I always faught for my children not to
be forced to enter Christian assemblies in schools, and faught very hard
with many good muslims to establish an Islamic essambly for our Muslim
chidren in the schools.
In direct reply to our friend Dhaif Alsafha, I would like to say it doesn't
matter that you were not able to drive the car because Benghazi was all new
bridges and lakes, there is only the one lake in Benghazi and it was there
before I left Libya. May be you were so impressed with these bridges that
you overlooked the conditions of the roads, the state the country was in or
the fact that a large number of young men are not able to get jobs. Did you
see the conditions of the cars on the roads. I saw a car that was so out of
shape and shaking from side to side when it was moving, the only thing that
made me see that it was a Mazda was the writing on the back of the car, and
there were many like it. While you were there did you ever wonder if this is
how an oil rich country should be like. For God's sake man, did you ever go
to any of the Gulf countries and see how they are living, how high the
standard of living is. They managed to raise their standard of living from
almost nothing to one of the best in the region, because the leaders of
these countries provided stability and they cared about their people. I was
not lying about my experience, I have no reason to. May be you saw things
differently when you were in Libya and it made you happy, but I assure you
what I saw did not make me happy. I was not able to drive in Libya either
but it was only partly because some roads changed, and the city got bigger,
but this is only natural, it was twenty two years, but the main reason was
that there was no traffic control, no law on the roads, and the reason for
this is that things are left out of control on purpose.
This reminds me of this time when I was in Egypt in the early nineties, I
was in a taxi in Cairo, he never stopped at traffic lights when they were
red, so I asked him why he doesn't stop, so he stopped at the next traffic
light, which was red and operated by a police man in a box. The police man
shouted at the taxi driver and said to him why did you stop, move. So I said
to the driver never to stop again. It was so funny, until I actually saw
worse things on the roads in Libya, it was heart breaking then.
The other thing I wanted to say is that last night I was watching a program
on the Libyan channel, a program called Doon Istithnaa. Firstly the desk in
front of the presenter was disgraceful for an oil rich country's channel,
then the presenter at one point said that we take our teachings from the
Quran, but mentioned the Sunna. Is this the Libya you are talking about.
When I was in Libya, I always spent a long time trying to make a telephone
call out side Libya because it was so difficult to get an international
line. The world of telecommunications has developed so much, the telephone
is not a luxury any more it is part of every day life. When you make a call
to anywhere in the world you expect to be connected in seconds. This reminds
me of yet another Egyptian experience. When I was in Egypt in the early
nineties, I wanted to make a telephone call to the UK. I had to go to the
post office, book the call and wait. When I went to Egypt again only a few
years later, I could buy a card and use any public phone in the street. This
also made my heart break when I saw the state the Libyan telecommunication
service is in.
I am sure that many people have more to say, I shall refrain from saying
more now, because every time I think about these things they break my heart
to the point of bringing a tear to my eye.