Dear Dr. Ibrahim,
Thank you very much for maintaining this excellent site as a free and democratic forum for discussion. I have a few thoughts about the current discussions, which were prompted by the UN Mission meetings. I would appreciate it if you would post them to share with the rest of the Libyan community. Please keep my identity anonymous as I was advised by many of my friends not to reveal my identity for fear of reprisal by the Gaddafi regime. It is indeed a sad state of affairs in this day and age when a person is prosecuted for his or her political view. Sadly, we all know that the Gaddafi regime is ruthless and unmerciful and does not allow any opposing voices. However, this is not the reason why I am writing this letter.
It appears clear to me that the so-called dialogue initiated by Mr. Durda and his staff is not genuine. In the beginning, I really thought that the Libyan government is serious about reaching out to the exiled Libyan community. But, upon further reflections and after reading the minutes of the second meeting, I came to the conclusion that what Mr. Durda wants to do is to hijack the national debate and taint it with the intellectual dishonesty that have been prevalent in Libya for the last thirty years. He is not interested in open and democratic debate, because if he is, I invite him to participate in the discussion by posting his thoughts in this web site.
We all know that a free and democratic dialogue involves two parties. However, what I see day after day is a one-sided discussion by the exiled Libyan members. Why can't Mr. Durda participate in this discussion? It is clear that this is an important national debate and as a responsible person who claims concern about the affairs of the Libyan Americans that he should participate. There have been a lot of conjectures about the real motives behind this initiative. The real motives may be easily revealed by Mr. Durda's participation in this open discussion and putting much of the guesswork to rest. I believe that what the Libyan officials want is for the Libyan Americans to agree with them and rally around their cause, and by default around Gaddafi's cause. They are not interested in hearing what the exiled community has to say or discussing the national issues. Instead, they have one goal and one goal only and that is to GAIN THE SUPPORT OF THIS COMMUNITY. Well, I would like to remind Mr. Durda and his staff that this community has worked very hard for what it has achieved and it is not going to hand it to anyone on a silver platter. If you are interested in debating the national issues, then we are ready. But, we are not going to participate in a political circus.
A Libyan American