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RESPONSE TO ABU MUHAJIR

Abu Muhajir may have a point that people have a tendency to place blame on anyone but themselves. We could always be better people. But how does that translate into political expediency? In realistic, not idealistic, terms, we have a cancer among us, and the only solution, the only road to progress, is to cut that cancer out. If we are guilty of creating an environment where such a cancer was allowed to grow, then we should try to improve that environment today and later on. But the urgency of the moment demands more revolutionary action. Of course we were not angels before Qaddafi, but now we are in an even worse dilemma from which we must extricate ourselves. Qaddafi has completely degraded Libyan society. He has killed people physically and psychologically. When a whole society is treated like animals, then that society must rise up and take back its dignity. This is an essential point in the glorious Quran.

Abu Muhajir quotes the maxim that "government is as good as the people are," which is true. When Qaddafi came to power we were not as bad as Abu Muhajir insinuates, but Qaddafi's leadership has degraded everything to the point where there is no possibility for humanity of any sort. Qaddafi took us backward when we should have been improving ourselves and our situation. Under such a dictator, we have no choice and no possibility for such luxuries.

When Abu Muhajir states that we need to change our ways from "the inside out," that is a matter of common sense, but when he implies that we are merely "lay[ing] idle waiting for miracles to happen," he is very mistaken. Our movement has worked tirelessly, using all our own resources, to rid Libya of this cancer. When a situation degenerates to the current depth, nothing but the strongest actions are required.

Once we have gotten rid of Qaddafi, then we will have the privilege of being more introspective about our role in fashioning a better society. This is because we will then have the opportunity to build a better society--a democratic society that gives all respect to dignity, freedom and human rights. Right now no such opportunity exists, and no such opportunity will ever exist if we only work on ourselves to the exclusion of this goal. The political situation will remain the same. It will not change without desperate actions. No amount of psychological self-analysis will change that fact.

I strongly disagree that we have "perpetuated all the calamities that had befallen us." How have we done this? For this to be true, we would have to be at the level of animals, like Qaddafi himself. This is obviously ludicrous. Pussyfooting around with psychological solutions has been a more likely perpetuator of our national tragedy. The glorious Quran instructs us to stand up against oppression and make endeavors to correct it. It requires us to fight back against tyrannical persecution and eradicate it.

In conclusion, the situation in the entire Arab world is miserable. This is the result of our leaders' oppression, corruption, coercion and confiscation of our countries' wealth. This is why this region receives so little respect from the entire world. We must change this dark picture. We must stand up to these corrupt leaders. The way things are now, we are not a factor in the making of history. We are not even participating in history; we are just living on the margin. We have to discard all the dictatorships in the Arab world, and give people a chance to participate in the decision-making process.

Mohamed Ehwesa

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