I have become a firm believer that one can never stop learning. As we get older we fine-tune our knowledge and sometimes we reach different conclusions from the existing body of knowledge. Let me preface this post by saying that I am not talking about anyone in particular. Also I am not attacking anyone in particular. These are just my subjective views that are subject to accuracy and error. Also let me take this opportunity to ask Mr. Qathafi’s thugs to stop sending me viruses and calling my office. The viruses cannot come through the system because ALL my accounts are through the University that has powerful software to detect and eliminate what ever you send. I tell you that you have no choice but to bare it and grunt. We are not in Libya and you will not stop me from writing. So stop it. By the way this also goes for telephone calls. The University has provided the FBI with the tapes and now all the calls are monitored, no matter where the calls come from. I am impressed with how filthy you can be. You are after all merely confirming the new Hamajia manners.
This cyber battle between Qathafi’s minions and myself has opened my eyes to a number of issues. To be honest, I kept it going for so long for selfish reasons. I could have ended it from the very first day either by not answering anonymous or saying thank you to him for his “patriotic” post. I however needed to know something for myself. I needed to know two things: how far will the regime go in its attacks, and secondly and more important to me how much support I get from Libyans in my fight against the regime. I am grateful to Dr. Ibrahim for making all previous posts available because after going through them I discerned a series of patterns used by the regime to attack any individual they perceive as potentially dangerous to them. The regime, like Iblees, is interested only in sowing the seeds of discord and hatred between decent Libyans who refused to abide by its moronic vision. After reading most of the previous posts, what is truly amazing to me is how fast SOME of us are more than happy to believe any dirt thrown on anyone irrespective of its validity and I am not talking here about my case. I can take care of myself and I know what I got into when I got into it. One post on LFC responding to an inquiry about the truth of an accusation against someone was told “who cares what the truth is, enjoy the ride while it lasts.” The irony in all of this is that many of us should know better. We are free Muslim men and women who have been living in open societies for quite a while yet it seems that some of us have learned little from it. I do not expect us to be like sponges and absorb everything it has to offer, but I certainly do expect us to take all that is good from it and leave what is bad. Besides we have Allah’s ultimate guide to humanity and I do not mean Qathafi.
I was discussing this issue with a friend and a colleague who frequently writes on this page. This colleague said something quite profound to me and that was “you can leave underdevelopment, but sometimes underdevelopment does not leave you.” Judging by some of the posts I have read here, on the LFC and on some other Libyan web sites, I find that we talk and write as though as we are writing graffiti in the bathroom of Cinema Al-Nahda in Benghazi. Now, mark you, some of that is done by the regime. It is in its interest for us to wallow in its filth and neglect it. I expect that from the dictatorship but not from free men and women. It is obvious to me that given half the chance the regime would turn this page into another LFC. For obvious reasons it can’t but that is not stopping it from trying. Look what it tried to do to Mr. Buisier, to me and now to Haila and Aswad, and anyone else who says a word of truth against it. Is the regime going to stop? No it is not. I saw it coming in the Woodrow Wilson Center. The Libyan president of the Libyan-American Friendship organization or what ever its name is sang the praises of Dorda and Qathafi’s achievements. On that same day individuals who for the time being may remain nameless went to work calling everyone they knew and they didn’t that the Woodrow Wilson Center meeting was a big success for Mr. Dorda. It was no success for the dictator but a comedy in which Dorda quite shamelessly and in front of close to 100 people not only made a fool of himself but also asserted that the Libyan regime never supported a single terrorist organization in the world. Joseph Goebels, Hitler’s Propaganda Minister said something that rings true today. He said if you tell a lie enough times you believe it. It seems that these low lives firmly believe their own lies. It is important therefore not to let their lies get to you. Rise above them because you know better. “Wa hal yastawyi al latheen ya’alamoon wal latheen la ya’alamoon?” Keep on the Cyber-struggle and do not let anything they say go unanswered. I for one will support you with all my capability, irrespective of who you are.
Look at the quality of Qathafi’s henchmen such as Abu Mus’ab or the so-called Fouad (in reality Fouadless) or for that matter Qathafi’s new Dr. Mengele, Dr. Braiki. It is a well-known fact that he also was very polite. Oh I forgot the latest of the group who even though he claims that he is a poor passerby posting from somewhere on the coastal highway is all of a sudden able to come up with figures and “facts.” I am referring to the new Al-Nabigah Al-Thubyaani, Ibn Mu’ammar Al-Bar. What a cartoon character this last one seems to be. It really is the end of the world when the least honorable claims to be the most honorable even though he is no better than the one who said “ya laytani Jawadan li yamtateeni hatha al-Aqueed” or in his case “Sakkr Afriquia.” Look at their arguments and logic. It is after all a new “Devine Comedy.” We whom they call “Stray Dogs” among other derogatory labels contain within us the future of Libya. We are the preservers of Libya’s past and future not them. They have already forgotten how to be human beings let alone Libyans. I am glad they post and we should encourage them to do so. They are living proof of how miserable the system is. They epitomize the ignorance, the ideological bankruptcy and lies of Qathafi’s personality cult. I feel sorry for them because they know they are living a lie and yet they persist in it. Like prisoners in Plato’s cave they see only their own shadows reflected on the wall facing them and believe them to be their only reality. Yet while Plato’s prisoners believed the truth when they saw it, these thugs refuse to even see the truth when it is staring them straight in the face. This is the price of being a kept chained pets as opposed to free beings.
Was Dorda successful in defending the regime? Well, in light of the extension of the sanctions by congress, you decide if Dorda was successful. Does Dorda need Dr. Errishi, anonymous, Rajib Ramadan and the other members of the gang? You had better believe it. “Al-a'war fi blaad al 'imyaan turfah.” They are all parts of the same sick body, parts that constantly spit poison when they are ordered to do so individually or collectively. The regime is desperate and it does not know what to do with this new technology that has the capability to strip it of its fake covers. This is why it confronts anyone who dares to say, “the King has no clothes on” or in this case Qathafi has no clothes on. An attack on one decent Libyan is an attack on all decent Libyans. I am grateful to those individuals who confront the likes of Abu Mus’ab, Fouad (or the lack of it), Braiki, and all the others receivers of Qathafi’s Ph.Ds, MAs or BAs. Think about it for a second. We are giving them an opportunity they will never grant us. We are giving them a free forum to spew their propaganda and inject their poison between us. We are far superior to them and whatever they do or say the day of reckoning is soon. Then I will surely see those thousands that Ibn al-Bar is so proud of darting like rats to destroy any evidence that might indict them. Don’t forget we saw that happen once before. Inshaa Allah we will see this dictator, if he is alive, facing justice on this earth just like Pinochet and Milosovich. If he is dead, we will meet him again in the greatest of all courts before our maker when he has to explain why he oppressed and murdered so many innocent lives.
Now back to my selfishness for a bit. I am very impressed with some of the posts and the individuals who wrote them. I know some of you but to those of you I do not know, I would very much like to know you and discuss issues with you. You do not have to tell me your names. One such individual is Mr. Saleh BuTalag. I wish I have your e-mail to contact you. First of all to thank you for coming to my defense, but also more importantly for the obvious reason that you are one of those individuals who seems to have succeeded in evaluating this society. I would also like to meet the Libyan Zoologist. Contrary to popular belief I do not think he really insulted Mr.Errishi. Looking closely at what he wrote he is telling Mr. Errishi not to bring in his mother, wife, or children into his posts. Please put an e-mail address where one can contact you. There are many, many more individuals I would like to contact, solely for continuing the discussion, perhaps for academic cooperation, or only just to know them. I believe that we need to move beyond just reading and writing posts. In the long run I would like us to have a literary organization that is able to confront this so called Aqlaam al Quaid (pens of the leader). We need to confront this historic monstrosity on every level and in every language, everywhere. Our greatest strength is our freedom. The dictator’s pens are not. They will repeat the same hollow nonsense over and over and over again hoping to find simpletons around the globe to believe in it. We can do better. I do wish that those of us who do feel confident about their security also put an e-mail address where they can be reached. Many of you who actively participate really make Libya proud and you and yours are its future. In the meantime please stay in peace.
Mansour O. El-Kikhia, Ph.D.