It saddens me to see an educated Libyan writes one short paragraph of non-sense just to say that Libya has hospitals and schools for free, and that Libyans have all kinds of luxuries (toys) such as TVs, satellite dishes, etc., forgetting that there is more to life than acquiring toys. Has anyone stopped for a moment and discussed the “quality” of the so-called free education and health services? Has anyone used any kind of globally standardized testing to see the amount of growth Libyans have gained on all levels over the last 30 years? All indicators point to a major loss as far as education and health services in Libya are concerned. Can the government prove otherwise? I don’t need a government mouthpiece to tell me otherwise; instead I need reliable/credible studies and facts.
I want to know where/how they find these people in the land of the masses. How could there be anyone today who would stand and say that Libya’s political system is the best? How do they measure this best? What parameters they use for this purpose? Haven’t they heard that a country’s success is measured by the well being of its people, and by how much that country has accomplished on all levels in a given period of time. Can anyone find an answer to what has been improved in Libya, socially, politically or economically? Have the standards of living been improved in the last 30 years? Has the health system been improved? Has education on all levels been improved since Gaddafi took over? Has the economy improved in the past thirty years? What about the free market? What about Libya’s assets in gold and its debts? What happened to the value of the Libyan Dinar in the international market and what caused it to lose its value?
Libyans who live in Libya today complain, for example, about the educational system available for their kids. They complain about lack of work ethics, books, facilities, and good teachers. Some if not many schools in Libya have no windows, no doors, no appropriate ventilation systems, and no maintenance to speak of, and above all, no staff that cares. All teachers have given up on everything. What a few good men or women can do in a society that thrives on corruption? To add insult to injury is to have someone declares publicly that Libyans have everything: political freedom, schools, hospitals, education etc. This is a joke to say the least. How could anyone come forward and say that Libyans want for nothing. A blatant lie if I have ever heard one.
I have no respect for a political system that says Libyans are free and then calls for the physical liquidation of its opponents. Any political system that depends or resolves to liquidate its opponents physically is a failed and weak system that cannot face its opponents with logic and political reasoning. It is a system with empty slogans that can’t stand in the face of the truth. Libyans are still being liquidated and the latest example is the three men who were killed after arriving from Jordan. How would a country thrive politically if it were exposed to only one voice and one ideology? How would a country grow if change is not allowed and different ideas are not heard?
All dictators choose one group of their population to be their elite. Hitler chose the upper crust, the white “Arian” aristocrats, of Germany to be his elite to create the “master race” to rule the world. Carl Marx chose his “elite” from the poor labor strata to achieve his goals. Lenin chose his “elite” from the classless poor and adopted Marx’s theory and practice to lead Russia for seventy years to a “supposed” glory in the early 1900’s. Gaddafi also chose his “elite” to be the ignorant mouthpieces who cannot think for themselves. They are the ones in constant need for someone to think for them. All they have to do is to repeat like parrots what they were told to say. They lack insight and courage otherwise how could they fail to see what everyone else’s seeing? How could they fail to see that Libya is going down the drain?
Hitler is gone and so are Marx and Lenin. With their demise and downfall crumpled the most abhorrent and detestable political systems man had ever known. Till this day all of them are remembered with hate and disgust. Gaddafi will go down too one day, and history will have a place for him and his atrocities. He will be remembered as the dictator who took over a country that was on the brink of becoming modern and civilized only to revert it to one of the most corrupt and backward nations in the 21 century. Can’t Gaddafi’s “elite” see that?