Dear Dr. Ibrahim|
I'm glad to hear you are in good health, and see you back Qaiem bel wajeb. May Allah give you health and protect you. We all need people like you. Jazaka Allah Khiran.
Here is my thought of the last Libyan meeting that took place at the Libyan mission on Sept 3rd, 1999. Please note these are only my views and preservations and do not represent any views of those who attended the meeting.
There were about 21 Libyans attended the meeting. They came from all over the United States. Most of them are highly educated. Some came by invitation and some invited themselves like myself who heard of the meeting and called the mission to attend. They all share the love of their beloved homeland and show interest in improving things for all Libyans. They also share the same concerns of most Libyans living here. Although they made it clear that they only represent themselves and in no position to wheel and deal for any one else. I'm glad to see such highly educated, experienced, and unselfish Libyans. I'm proud to be in their company.
Our host Mr. Bouzaid Dorda and staff went through great lengths to make our stay comfortable. They made us feel at home. Safe to say that our meeting with Mr. Dorda was in a democratic environment. There were lots of sensitive issues discussed with him. As you would expect of any politician when it comes to running around the issues, Mr. Dorda is no exception when explaining and answering our concerns in regards to sensitive subjects. I think he tried to be as straightforward as he possibly could. Although He stands by his word, They are certain things that are out of his control. I may have different views of how, but I have no doubts of his intentions to serve Libya and Libyans.
I do feel the purpose of these meeting is nothing but to straighten the relation between Libyans here and at home. It was not for political purpose (on how things are run in Libya) at least on the part of the Libyan Mission. It appears to me, these meetings are the idea of Mr. Dorda and limited to what he can accomplish. I do consider it a step forward.
If you ask me what have I gained or accomplished by attending this meeting, I will tell you that by my account, ALOT, as little as it may seem to others.
First and most important is my self-satisfaction of going to the meeting, observing myself of what is going on, and giving my input. Second, It would have to be meeting good Libyan people from all over the United States. Libyans who had no problem holding democratic discussions and respecting and evaluating others' views. Meeting with them reminded me of meetings I had here with fellow workers in a democratic society. I do know these Libyans now and would not hesitate to call on them if I ever need help. I look forward to meeting them again for social gathering.
Last, it would have to be the accomplishment of what we came up with as a group and as little as it may seem, I hope it will be the foundations for others to build on.
I encourage every Libyan to attend and express themselves. If they do not listen now (our leaders) they eventually will. Maybe some day we will be able to carry such meeting in Libya. I ask fellow Libyans who attend to stick to impersonal issues for personal issues weaken the values of such meetings. They are free to add on, explore, and analyze our ideas as we did this meeting with previous ones.
Finally, as I stated before in my previous letter I hope I did not offend or single out any one. If I were guilty of anything it would have to be for loving Libya. This letter only reflects my opinion and observations. It is not meant to disregard any different views regarding this issue. It is not to counter those who have a different opinion. I'm sure they too have a reasonable thought. I'm also sure they too love Libya and share my feeling toward a better future for all of us.
Wasslamo Allikum Wrahmat Allah.
Ali El Deeb