I commend you for your stand against the tyranny of Gaddafi and his bunch of criminals. The last letter hit so close to home. I have identified with the first article about “Sarkhat Tefil” and the poem titled “Sout AsSajeen.” They started a painful and sad train of thoughts that I couldn’t stop. I have a family member who has been in prison for many years. They, "zowaar allail" or the night visitors, came and took him from his young wife and young children at night. He left his home with his pajama and sandals never knowing where he is going, when he will be back, or why was he taken in the first place. Since that day, his young wife with the help of her family has been raising the couples kids. The youngest doesn't even know his father. The baby was few months old when the father was taken. The kids are in school now and the father is still residing in one of Gaddafi's prisons. No one knows what will become of him.
No human being deserve the fate of my family member or the others who are still suffering in Gaddafi's prisons. Even the worst criminals in the free civilized societies get a fair trial, let alone someone who just expressed his opinions or showed dismay at what is happening in Libya. Prisoners in the civilized world get first class medical care and education too, while our prisoners get diseases and no medical help at all. Libya today as we hear in the news wants to join the free societies of the new millennium. Gaddafi wants to have good relations with the US and other western European countries. How would Gaddafi even start to think of joining the free world if his own back yard is reeking with filth of backward policies and days of political oppressions that belong to another time and not the 21st. century.
The cleansing has to start where it counts and that is in Libya. Gaddafi needs to heal the wounds of the Libyan people before he can think of joining the civilized nations. A Libyan constitution has to be reinstated and practiced. A strong judicial system is desperately needed in Libya to safeguard the rights of the Libyan people against tyrants and oppressors. If Gaddafi can't deliver he has to go no ifs, buts, or ands about it. Libyans have suffered enough for the past thirty years to last them a lifetime. Generations after generations of Libyans have been lost to the wayward and backward policies of Gaddafi and his policies. It will take many years to rebuild what Gaddafi and his policies have destroyed. Libyans needs to start from zero to catch up with the free civilized world. If we still have a chance we have to start now and it only means Gaddafi’s departure from the seat of power in Libya. It is the only way to help the country and its people regain their self worth socially, economically, and politically.
Long Live Libya without the tyranny of Gaddafi.