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We demand change

I thank you Dr. Ibrahim for this page that brings us close to our home. Libya our home is the light that shines on the dark side of Libya. With your efforts, we can make our people inside of Libya read about important issues that touches everyone of us. I am sure that your page is being read inside of Libya and that articles are being copied there and passed around.

Few minutes ago, I just finished watching a CNN special report from Iran. After spending the full hour glued to the TV set watching the show in amazement, I have nothing but admiration for those Iranians young and old. I saw the determination on the faces of those students who are fighting for more room and more freedom. Students taking to the streets and demanding better conditions from the so called hard liners. When election time came, the hard liners respected the wishes of the Iranian people who voted them out of their seats in the parliament. The revolution came 21 years ago. But the mistakes are not going to last forever. The necessary steps are being taken to fix and amend the system that the revolution brought back then. The people demand change and they are getting change.

Well, what is happening in Libya? Where is our public opinion? Does Gaddaffi think that his opinion is the sole important opinion on the Land? Are we, Libyans, criminals and traitors because we differ with Gaddaffi's ideologies? Do we deserve to be killed because we find it hard to follow his reasonings? I would love to have the chance to speak my mind freely inside of Libya and point out what is wrong with our system. And I am sure that thousands of other Libyans share my thoughts. Why can't I be the journalist who would publish the ins and outs about the corruption in our government as that Iranian publisher did. He was arrested and imprisoned for 27 days but then he was released and he opened up two more newspapers instead of the first one that the government closed for him. Why can't the same happen in Libya. I wouldn't mind prison if I know that the legal system is strong and has real authority to protect me from those Revolutionary Committees that don't understand what freedom means. I wouldn't mind being held liable for everything I write as long as there is a law that everyone abides by. A law that no one is above. And that includes Gaddaffi and his sons.

Why can't we people ask for our rights? Why can't we stop the drainage of our resources on projects that fail before even started? Why don't we demand for better health care system? Why don't we ask for more spending on education in Libya? Why can't we stop the killings of our brothers? Why don't we take a stand right now and ask about the fate of those who were handed to Libya few days ago by Jordan? Let's write to the King of Jordan and hold him responsible for their safety. Let us write him four or five thousand letters of our disapproval of the handing of our Libyan brothers. Let's take action against the Libyan government in the West if anything happens to them. I am sure a court or a judge would listen to our cry for help if we ask for one. We must find a way to make the regime in Libya stop its killings of our people. We must demand the release of all the political prisoners. We must find a way to make our voices heard. If we don't take action, no one will give us what we want on a silver plate. We only live once, we should fight hard for this one life.

I am asking those Libyan brothers and sisters to unite to bring change. We can start by forming an opinion. Then taking it one step further and making it a goal. Then taking it even further and demanding it done and accepted by those in high places in and outside of Libya. There is nothing wrong with us demanding change. All we want is to live among our families and friends, with dignity and respect. I don't think that we are asking for too much when we want a better country and a better life. We are not asking for too much when we ask for freedom of speech. We are not asking for too much when we want our country to be the best it could be. It should never be a one man show. But for the past 30 years, it has been the Gaddaffi show. Now, we better make it our show too. We must stop for a second and think about what we can do to save ourselves from this bottomless pit.

My last word to all is, I respect what is happening in Iran. Even the so called hard liners are listening to their people when they spoke. They held the keys to power for two decades, but they are passing those keys back to the people in a way that has caught the attention of the whole world. I admire those brave men and women who are making it possible for all of us to witness and learn, how change could be achieved. It is time for us the people, and them, the Libyan government, to learn from Iran.

Masoud Saleh Buisir

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