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" It is a good idea to sit down, talk, and rid ourselves of the code of silence that plagued us"

Dear Dr. Ibrahim

          Thank you for your web site, It provides a unique opportunity for Libyans and others concerned to exchange thoughts and ideas. Your work is Libya and Libyans serving and truly appreciated.
          I write to you regarding the Libyans meeting at the UN Mission. Please feel free to post it including my name. Thanks
          As a Libyan American who has been in the states for 17 years, I'm very pleased that one of the officials in our government took the incentive to gather all Libyans living here. You all know Libyans here are not united. Thus the Libyan or the U.S governments never heard our voice. These meetings regardless of their intention, unites Libyans here, explore ideas, and in my opinion serve all Libyans here and in Libya. As I look forward to the Sept 3rd meeting, I see no excuse for any Libyans who refuse this opportunity. Whether you favor or oppose the Libyan government, it is always a good idea to sit down, talk, and rid ourselves of the code of silence that plagued us. Lets remember that while we are here in the U.S getting pizzas delivered and enjoying what America has to offer, our Libyan brothers at home suffer from different sort of embargoes and hardship. It is either we unite here and let the Libyan and the U.S government hear us for a better future, or stay put and possibly stand in the way of others who really care.
          To clarify the air and dismiss any doubts of my intention, I present myself as a Libyan who left Libya at the age of 18. I graduated from high school here. I worked little jobs and put myself through school. Alhamdulillah hard work paid off. I graduated and have myself a good job. And most of all I have 4 beautiful children who I intend to teach Libyan culture and heritage. Politics was never my thing. I leave that to the professionals. Libya however has its special place in my heart. The only thing I stand to gain by going to this meeting is possibly making things better for me and fellow Libyans every where. If that is the case let it be.
          For the past 17 years and like most Libyans here I stayed put. Since then, Libya and its people went through several forms of aggression by the U.S government including the bombing of our beloved Libya. We did nothing due to our inability to unite and have one strong voice. I now ask all Libyans here to take this opportunity to sit down and discuss a better future for all of us. I myself want to make a difference if I can. I choose to go to the next meeting. The bigger picture is this meeting for Libya and Libyans. And if their intention is to serve Libya then they find a servant in me.
          Of the things we learn here in a democratic society, is the importance of communications. It helped build this country. Without it, it would have been a dictatorship. Let's learn from it and help Libya and its people have a better future. A future that is good for Libyans here and at home. To stop contacts with Libya and Libyans is to forget about Libya and those who died serving Libya. A true Libyan puts his agenda behind serving his country and his people. A true Libyan would realize a good opportunity to serve his country and his people and would not stand in the way regardless of whose idea it is.
          I hope I was able to persuade even one Libyan to attend these meetings. Because deep down my heart I feel it is a step forward and Libyan serving. Let's teach our selves to forgive for better Libya. Lets put our differences aside and build on whatever foundation laid before us. I hope I did not offend or point finger at anyone because that was not my intention. I truly believe all Libyans here and at home share my feeling toward Libya.

Ali Eldeeb
E-mail: alideeb@aol.com

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