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Please Help Ourselves

I read with great pleasure the news that the National Front for the Salvation of Libya had decided to reorganize itself and re-enter the struggle against Libya's dictator. The organization's new leader Mr. Ibrahim Sahd is an honest and capable individual who has the potential to revive the NFSL and return it to the effective organization that it has been in our struggle against Qathafi's dictatorship. Contrary to what has been posted in my name on the LFC I have always had the highest of respects for the NFSL as well as its current and past leaders. I wish them the very best in our struggle against the dictator. I have high respect for anyone who fights Qathafi's dictatorship, and I sincerely hope and wish that all other branches of the opposition also embark on self-evaluation and reorganization to also become a more effective force in this struggle.

I firmly believe that the only way to succeed against this historic monstrosity that is oppressing Libya and Libyans today is for all decent Libyans in this Diaspora to unite into a single entity. At this stage of our struggle we need an organization that houses all these divergent views. We need new blood, new ideas, and new personalities especially the younger generation like "Grandson of Seedi Idris." and the many others like him. His experience mirrors the story of my children as well as the children of many of us who have been denied the right to see their home, their people, and their families. It is time we moved in a different direction and utilized our strength and knowledge. We are far more powerful than we have been led to believe. All we need is the will to bring about the change.

One way is to always remind the dictator Qathafi of our displeasure with him and his policies. We can do this not only through cyber space on this and other web sites but also when possible physically. A number of decent and patriotic Libyans are planning to show their displeasure at the Libyan dictatorship by demonstrating in front of the United Nations' Libyan Mission in New York on September 1, 2001. They have been doing this for many years now, and it is very important for those of us who have the time and are financially capable of undertaking such a journey to participate in this activity. Those who live close to New York are particularly encouraged to try to attend. We need every single Libyan to come out and say No to dictatorship, No to abusing Libyans, No to stealing and wasting Libya's wealth. If we Libyans do not oppose this then who will? We can find many excuses not to go, some are valid and some are not. Some of us will say "A waste of time" and others will say, "What will I change?" Maybe nothing but at least between you and yourself you put your time and money where your mouth is. Every one of us makes a difference and if 200 people show up you will find it splashed on all the news and we will send the dictator a message. If you are financially and physically able I urge you to come and stand in line beside your brothers and sisters. God preserve you all and long live Libya free.

Mansour O. El-Kikhia, Ph.D.


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