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Reply to Mr. Sahad

This is in reference to Mr. Ibrahim Sahad's letter "Reply to Mohamed Eljahmi", which was dated May 1st, 2003:
(http://www.libya-watanona.com/letters/v2003a/v01may3d.htm).
I will present a translation of a continuous block of the letter "Would the Libyan regime learn from the events of Iraq and reconcile with the Libyan people", which was written entirely in Arabic by Ahad Abna Al-Mahjar and dated April 18th. 2003. (http://www.libya-watanona.com/letters/v2003a/v18apr3e.htm).

Translation:

"For two consecutive weeks Al-Manara channel (a Libyan channel on PalTalk) has witnessed a good and effective dialog about the Iraqi problem and its effect on Libya. Speakers like Mr. Ibrahim Sahad (head of NFSL), Mr. Senoussi Bessekri (well known political analyst), Mr. Issa Abdel Qayoum (Writer) and others were realistic and precise in their political analysis. It should be noted that all the speakers and contributors agreed that if the current events in Iraq were to occur in Libya, then the Libyan opposition has no choice but to deny the self and stand with the homeland, so that victory could be achieved for Libya despite all partisan and personal differences with the regime, because the crusaders of the West bear full responsibility for the current events in the Arab world and Libya in particular. Therefore, we should not be deceived to think that whatever the West wishes to accomplish fits the interests of Libya and its people.

The Libyan opposition deserves great credit for its patriotic stand if compared to the Iraqi opposition, which many of its members has openly supported the invasion, as if saying "On me and my enemies" without any concern about the interests of the homeland and its people!!!

As for the Libyan opposition, no one would publicly dare to state like the Iraqi opposition.

The question then is:

Would the Libyan regime appreciate and take seriously this patriotic initiative of the Libyan opposition, which demonstrated that the interest of the homeland supersedes the partisan and personal interests?

Would the Libyan regime make an attempt to preserve our dignity? Or do self-interests among the few in the regime supersede the national ones?"


Ahad Abna Al-Mahjar then goes on to openly state that the Libyan regime should grab the initiative and make peace with the internal and external opposition.

Replies and facts:

1- I stand by my conclusion that Mr. Sahad and others have sent messages of willingness to reconcile with the Libyan regime through Al-Manara channel. Please note the following comments from the above translation (Ahad Abna Al-Mahjar comments are in bold):

"It should be noted that all the speakers and contributors agreed that if the current events in Iraq were to occur in Libya, then the Libyan opposition has no choice but to deny the self and stand with the homeland, so that victory could be achieved for Libya despite all partisan and personal differences with the regime."

There are no partisan or personal differences with Gadafi, because he is a vicious criminal who either belongs in a mental institution as part of an insanity plea or tried in a court of law.

"Would the Libyan regime appreciate and take seriously this patriotic initiative of the Libyan opposition, which demonstrated that the interest of the homeland supersedes the partisan and personal interests?"

If the above comment is not an appeal for reconciliation, then what is? Where did Ahad Abna Al-Mahjar get such impression? It is totally illogical to think that the speakers mentioned in Ahad Abna Al-Mahjar's letter didn't deliberately try to send conciliatory messages to the sociopath Gadafi.

2- The calls for Libyans to reconcile and close ranks against America are not new. Please refer to the letter by Mr. Mustafa, which is titled "Shock and Awe" and was dated April 22nd, 2003 (http://www.libya-watanona.com/letters/v2003a/v22apr3d.htm). Also I would like to refer the readers to a letter published for Issa Abdel Qayum on the same day of Mr. Mustafa's. Abdel Qayum's letter titled "On the road to intellectual liberty" and talked about a round table discussion in Manchester on 4/19/2003 (http://www.libya-watanona.com/letters/v2003a/v22apr3c.htm). It is clear to me that one of the themes of Abdel Qayum's letter is to assure the Libyan regime that some Libyans in Diaspora wouldn't do what some of the Iraqis did. After 34 years of oppression and destruction of Libya, Why would any Libyan who has lived in the West and received a taste of democracy and liberty, feel the need to fight with Gadafi against the Americans?

3- In his letter "Reply to Mohamed Eljahmi" which was dated May 1st, 2003. Mr. Ibrahim Sahad stated that Ahad Abna Al-Mahjar used his own perceptions and conclusions about what has been discussed in Al-Manara. According to the translation above, Ahad Abna Al-Mahjar transmitted to the readers what he heard from Mr. Ibrahim Sahad, Mr. Issa Abdel Qayoum and Mr. Senoussi Besekri. Therefore only an explicit public refute from the three gentlemen would nullify what Ahad Abna Al-Mahjar wrote.

Mohamed El-Jahmi


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