Dr. M.E. Scandarani
P.O. Box 9315
College Station, TX 77842
Dear Dr. Ighneiwa,
I would appreciate it if you post this letter on your website. My name is Muhi-eddin Scandarani. I came to the U.S. in July 1960 and before Mr. Quaddafi graduated from high school. I therefore resent being called an "exile or a Libyan American" because I am neither an exile nor an American. I never became a U.S. citizen, my Libyan citizenship is sacred to me and I will never shed it like a snake sheds its skin, but to each his own.
I am terminally ill with heart disease and at this stage of the game, I don't seek fame or fortune. I was invited and not "summoned" to attend the meeting. My motive was not to reap monetary or personal gain as has been suggested, but to serve the Libyan brothers. I refused to accept the plane fare, but the diplomats insisted that I must be reimbursed. The only reward I seek is from Allah S.W.T. So much for "value" as implied in brother Haddad's letter.
Attacks have been leveled against the Ambassador and his motives were questioned. Mr. Dorda's motives were not self serving. He has held many important positions (see his resume on the web) and he does not need to score points with his superiors to advance his career. There are those who are attempting to alert their senators and congresspersons to block the lifting of the sanctions. "Inshallah" the sanctions will be lifted in spite of those "transplants". I salute the brother whose brother is imprisoned for 15 years and still is concerned with lifting the sanctions on Libya.
Over the past 39 years, I have seen Ambassadors to the U.S. and the U.N. come and go; from the first Ambassador appointed to the U.S. under the Monarchy, the late Fathi El-Kikia to the last Ambassador under the current government. Mr. Dorda is the first Ambassador to the U.N. who took an interest in Libyans in the U.S., although this is not part of his job description.
It does not matter whether this is his initiative or Grandma Moses', the main thing is that he is trying to help those in need. Finally, accusing Mr. Dorda of leaking the names of the participants, nothing can be further from the truth. We voted in the absence of the Ambassador and his staff because Mr. Dorda did not want the vote to be influenced in any way. We voted unanimously to post the results of the meeting and the names of those who attended and no one asked that his name be excluded. The meeting was casual and informal and if anyone asked to be excluded he would not have had any problem.
There were no leaks, no surprises and no doublecrosses as implied by some. It is wishful thinking on their part. I think it is childish and stupid to comment on the Ambassador's hair color. Grow Up.
I am always wary of anonymous sources such as the unsigned letter. This letter may have been a plant to cause finger pointing and mistrust. The letter was described as poorly written " primitive style" and the author unclear on where the meeting was held. Among the participants were an attorney, a surgeon, several PhD's, Masters and undergraduate degrees, and those who lacked formal education made up for it by long life experiences. So much for the "quality of the participants". Therefore, no one would believe that this letter was written by a participant. This letter stands suspect.
The ghost writer was not concerned about his fellow Libyans finding out about his presence at the meeting but more concerned with having broken U.S. laws and losing the respect of his American Friends and not shamed; and as we say in Libya, "Who rides the camel should not cover his head." More or less…
The brother who attacked the letter and it's author seems to know a great deal of what he called "INTIHAZi." The motives of such an individual and his primitive style of writing. This makes one wonder if this brother (Haddad) is not the one who planted the letter?
As a Muslim, I was appalled by the use of the word "DIASPORA", such a word refers to the scattering of the Jews. I suggest to the brother to use simple words that he knows.
Attacks came from all directions on those who attended. We met Libyan brothers on Libyan territory and NOT WITH ISRAELIS - "AODO BELLAH." It is more honorable to sit down with brother Libyans rather than with agents of foreign governments and be in on the planning of the destruction of Libya. Remember Somalia, Granada, Panama, Haiti and others.
If, the Palestinians and certain Arab governments can sit down with Zionists and negotiate with them, why do you refuse to negotiate - on equal footing - with brother Libyans. They are well-educated and God-fearing brothers. The Ambassador opened the door wide open so have the courage to walk in, instead of wheeling and dealing with the Libyan government in secret.
We committed no treason nor sinned against Allah S.W.T. and we don't need anyone to condone our actions, especially from one who quotes his hero, a murdering S.O.B. who ordered the bombing of Libya, with the blessings of some, to kill and injure our citizens including Mr. Dorda and his family.
This brother criticized us for not discussing the human rights issues. I assume he is paid by the Human Rights Organization and should not ask someone else to do his job for him. "EARN YOUR KEEP."
I must admit that "the matches and gasoline" metaphor escape me. Don't bother to explain .
Dr. Abonamah agrees that this is a positive development and a step in the right direction; and offered some suggestions. He needs to act on his suggestions and engage the Ambassador in a dialogue and stop straddling the fence. I am positive that the Ambassador will surprise him. I found him pleasant, a man of honor and of his word.
It is normal to be skeptical and cautious because there is a lot of mistrust that exists and, to borrow a phrase from Dr. El-Huni's hero, "Trust everyone, but cut the cards," The main thing is to engage in a constructive dialogue. However, I need to take issue with a statement in Dr. Abonamah's letter, "cultural differences." There will never exist cultural differences because we are all Libyans and no matter how long one stays away from Libya, one should not make such a statement. If this statement weren't so silly, it would be funny. I have lived in the U.S. for almost 40 years and have never noticed such differences.
We should build on this initiative and work for the good of the Libyan community. It has been said if you criticize someone or something, you better be prepared to offer something better.
There are brothers surviving on welfare, food stamps and living below the poverty line, not to mention those who get involved with drugs, some of whom are well known to most of you; and there are former POW's who were brought to the U.S. and abandoned. Such needy brothers are the immediate concern at this point in time.
I attended for the first and last time a huge Libyan gathering (over 200), they came from all over the U.S. to meet in Houston, TX in 1984-85. The purpose was to form the "Libyan Friendship Society," similar to the one that Mr. Dorda is advocating. Needless to say, the society never got off the ground because it was transformed into a political association and each political group wanted to take control.
One of the objectives of the association was to help those in need. A brother asked for donations to help a homeless Ph.D. student who needed to return home. The brother collected exactly $453 and a few cents, or about $2.00 each or less. Among the participants were well-to-do citizens such as Zaatot, Kadiki, and Ben Ismael, just to name a few. Anyone, or any combination of them, could have easily covered what was needed and much more but none offered. The brother refused to take the amount collected to his homeless friend. You had your chance, so let someone else try.
I refuse to be intimidated by anyone and I will attend when I am invited and will travel to Libya if asked.
May Allah help us all to do what is best for Libya and its people.