Libya: News and Views      LibyaNet.Com      Libyan music      Libya: Our Home

send

previous letter                next letter                list of all letters

An Unpleasant Obligation

George Orwell wrote: "Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."

It is not my habit to respond to nonsense. However, since not everyone knows who I am, I must suffer the unpleasant obligation and state the obvious. What the desperate scribbler, who used the name Faris el-Lafi, wrote about me is pure lies, every nasty little bit of it. For example, I would very much like him to send a copy of the "tape" he mentions to Dr Ighniewa so that the good Doctor can air it and everyone will be able to see or hear for themselves. The poor soul, he does not recognize that most people know that lies are the arguments of those who have no arguments. This old trick of smear and lies will not work with me. And so this and the other hopeless souls, the two or three of them, may want to try something new. Black magic perhaps. Look, the gentleman may have legitimate grievances, and, in this case, my deepest sympathies go for him and his family, but legitimate grievances do not give us the right to lie. Lies will eventually catch up with you and ruin your cause, whatever that cause may be. Hell is the final destination of those who ride the devil's back.

It is obvious that others have every right not to like my message, but it is also obvious that trying to kill the messenger is not a rational response to the message itself. Instead, it is a confession of a failure to give a reasonable response to the arguments at hand. I say, instead of desperate lies, you may want to give me an argument, a good argument, and I will change my mind. However, for me to do that, your argument must make it clear that to help people secure their immediate rights, that is, those rights for which they cannot wait, is a bad thing, and, therefore, people should in no way go on with their lives. Spin and weave your heart's desire, but once again, my endeavors are not political. There are several definitions of fascism, but they all have one thing in common. A fascist is someone who believes that life, every little thing of it, is political in nature. Besides, do you not believe that truth, the whole of it, as well as justice is on your side, and only your side? So, why do you have to worry about what I had to say? Just ignore me and keep up the good fight. Yet whatever you do, good fellow, you must remember what your good Libyan family had taught you: Lying is not nice. In any case, no harm is done, and so please accept my sincere wishes of peace and prosperity and, meanwhile, allow me to say, in anticipation of more pathetic echoes in the dark, that anything that questions my independence, both politically and financially, is nothing but a miserable lie.

In the glorious Sura of Al'araf we read: "Say: The things that my lord has indeed forbidden are shameful deeds, whether open or secret; sins and transgressions against truth and reason."

May God have mercy on us all.

Ali Errishi


previous letter                next letter                list of all letters

Libya: News and Views      LibyaNet.Com      Libyan music      Libya: Our Home