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Response to the Establishment of the A.L.T

Hello everone,

The establishment of the A.L.T [ Libyan Tmazight Congress ] is a clear indication that those behind it have, in my judgment, no intention of addressing the common Libyan concern and that is the condition of the Libyan society.

We might disagree as to what is the best way of contributing to our country. Some believe that being in the country and doing what one considers to be right, no matter how little of that work can be accomplished, is ultimately better than living abroad and playing the role of the knowledgeable person. Others believe that it is important to put pressure on the regime and hope it will make some changes, at least incremental ones. No matter which approach one chooses, they all serve the same purpose if the intentions are sincere. However, in the case of A.L.T, I have been trying unsuccessfully to see the goal that A.L.T is intended to serve. But before I go deeper into the subject, I wish to make one important point and that is the distinction between historical facts and the current state of the country. No one will dispute the fact that our countrymen of Berber decent inhabited Libya long before the advent of Islam and the immigration of the Arab tribes into the region. Having said that, one cannot ignore the transformation that the region went through during the following decades. Libya now, whether we like it or not, is a country completely different from then. Therefore, any honest person will not but treat Libya as an entity comprised of people most of whom have developed a common identity and a shared tradition.

A.L.T represents to me that which does not bear the real responsibility and preoccupy itself with things that have absolutely no relevance whatsoever to the common goal of all Libyans. Moreover, instead of sharing the burden, A.L.T compounds it with its own propaganda.

Finally, I hope that A.L.T founders will come back to their senses and realize that the task is great and everyone should do whatever it takes to serve their country.

Mahdi Salem

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