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To Mr. Lebe

To Mr. Lebe

Thank you Mr. Lebe for your reply. You leave me astonished but I will do my best to answer it all. First, I don't know why you have my name in between brackets(*). Second, it is hard for anybody to minimize the role that the Iranian people could play to force change. I don't think that you forgot that it was the Iranian people who brought the Shah down and put Khomaini to power in 1979. Don't come now and tell me that the Mi6 or the CIA are behind this. Maybe the West is showing, more than usual, interest in what is happening in Iran right now, but what is happening is just the normal reaction for people under pressure. Plus, they are teaching us all, how it should be done. Those people with their determination and courage can change any government, anytime.

But if you go back and read my post, I talked about those hard liners who respected the wishes of the people and are accepting the challenge with clean honest elections. And here I salute them for taking this brave step even if it means they could lose their power. I then asked, why can't we do the same? You took it as if I was happy that the people were defeating the Muslim hard liners there. And that wasn't my take at all. I am happy that the government there and the street came at a cross road and met for a better Iran. And I am wondering if we and the Libyan government could learn from this and do the same.

Another point you raised was with a post that a writer wrote about Safia and her daughter, well, I didn't write that post and I agree that women should be left out. But you can bring this up with whom ever wrote that post. I only write what I feel with my name on it. So once again, I didn't write that post and don't make it sound like I did.

Mr. Lebe, if our problem in Libya was with people showing up at work drunk, then you and I wouldn't have been living away from our land for the past 20 plus years or so. Maybe you don't know, but it is much worse than that. Libyans like you and me were hanged in public my friend. And thousands more are being held for years in dark cold cells for no crimes what so ever. Our problem is with the injustice on our land. Why the cruelty with the people who brought these people and Gaddaffi to power? Our problem is with the loss of hope after all the fake promises that were given to our poor people. The corruption that is in Libya now is greater than any corruption that Libya could ever see again. I am only hoping for better days, that's all. I don't know where you read that I was hoping for a secular or a religious regime. All I want is true freedom and democracy in our country where we the people could choose our politicians and change them when they run astray. I want a constitution that makes it clear for everyone that the law is above all. I honestly believe that the final choice is for our people. They should decide what type of government they want to have. I also think that Islam and religion is something between the person and his creator. No one should force another on how religious he or she must be. And for the women of the Muslim world, again no system will stop any individual (he or she) from doing as they wish in private. The dance parties that are happening in Iran under the nose of the Islamic regime is a proof. The guidance of personal behavior is the responsibility of parents and schools to direct our children to the right path. The government should be there to help with programs that would add to the better upbringing of our kids. And of course, religious values and beliefs would be taught to our kids by, again, the parents and schools.

I hope I have made my point clear for you. I am not against a religious government as long as it is the wish of the Libyan people. But let me say this, nothing beats democracy and freedom. Tyrants come in different shapes and sizes. They also come under different titles. They come and go, but Libya stays.

Masoud Saleh Buisir.
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(*) [Masoud] was added to differentiate between Masoud and Mohammed Buisir. Letters

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