Andrew Solomon accurately depicts Libya as a police state where Colonel
Muammar Qaddafi controls all levers of power, but there is little hope that
his son, Saif, will actually see through the reforms he purports to champion
'(Circle of Fire', May 8th). Saif's self-described human-rights organization
is funded by the state, and his human-rights record speaks for itself; his
description of terrorism as 'tactics' could hardly be termed a renunciation.
More space in Solomon's piece might have been devoted to those Libyan
dissidents who are imprisoned or were killed because they advocated for
justice and spoke the truth-such as some twelve hundred political prisoners,
who were executed in June, 1996, at the Abu Sleem prison, and the journalist
Daif al-Ghazal, whose mutilated body was found in Benghazi in June, 2005,
and whose death still has not been investigated.
Mr. Eljahmi is a Libyan-American activist whose brother, Fathi Eljahmi, is
imprisoned in Libya for speaking out in favor of political reform.