When Will The Libyan Victims|
Be Compensated For 34 Years Of Abuse?
Saif El-Islam ElGaddafi is spending millions from the Libyan Treasury to secure freedom of western hostages, held by various terrorist organizations at many locations around the globe. In the meantime, his father continues to fill his prisons with Libyans, whose only crime is their rejection of his tyrannical, brutal rule. While the son spends millions to appease western powers, his father has volunteered to pay billions in compensation to the victims of the Pan Am 103 in order to seek forgiveness by the British and Americans, not understanding that he has merely opened the Libyan Treasury to endless cycles of looting and extortion, and has put Libya’s present and future at the mercy of western greed.
While the Gaddafi regime attempts to present an image of repentance for crimes against foreign nationals, he continues to fill prisons with Libyans, whose only crime is having the intelligence to see him for what he is, a thug with an immense propensity for terror, particularly against his helpless Libyan victims. While the talk of the past few months has focused on Gaddafi’s compensations for the Pan Am 103, the UTA French airliner, the German Night Club, and so forth, nobody has mentioned a word about Gaddafi’s primary victims, the overwhelming majority of Libya’s population.
When Gaddafi came to power after a suspect military coup, he has virtually held the entire Libyan population hostage to his sadistic tendencies. Libyans were hanged in city squares, and the bodies of the victims were the subject of TV and news reports. Student and faculty were imprisoned and tortured, and many have vanished without trace. Properties and means of sustenance were confiscated as means of controlling the populace. Lands and homes were taken from their rightful honors and awarded to his thugs and cronies. Those who opposed his dictates were subject to intimidation, murder, and home demolitions, Israeli style.
When he felt the pressures by the United States to accept his responsibility for downing the Pan Am 103, his sick mind led him to fabricate the shooting down of a Libyan airliner over Tripoli, killing all on board. After the shooting down of the Libyan airliner, he pointed out to the Americans that we are now even. He pointed out the airliners flight number LA 1103, and purposely chose the date, December 22, one day later than the anniversary of downing the Pan Am 103. Gaddafi blamed the destruction of the LA 1103 on the American Embargo. Gaddafi has thousands of Libyans to perish his wars in the jungles of Africa and on the borders of neighboring countries. Thousands of Libyans were also forced into exile, and, in his demented mind, attributed the mass migration on a desire to eat hamburgers and drink Coke Cola.
Since Gaddafi burst on the Libyan arena, he has targeted the moral fiber of the Libyan Society as he, rightfully, figured that he could only survive in a corrupt environment; therefore, the wide spread briberies and other rampant forms of corruption were institute as a way of life. Educational institutions were emptied of their educational content, and were reduced to institutions yielding half literate graduates, well schooled in Gaddafi’s Green Book and the Third World Theory. As the stresses of life has increased tremendously, and Libyans sought refuge in city hospitals to cure of their ills, they soon discovered that those hospitals were ill-equipped to provide even the most rudimentary of medical care.
What has been listed above is merely the tip of a colossal iceberg of Gaddafi’s crimes against all of Libya’s population and infrastructure. The question that begs an answer: Now that several of Gaddafi’s foreign victims have been compensated, who will force him to account for the thousands of Libyan victims, destroyed infrastructure, and looted wealth? There is a well-known proverb in Libya, which translates as follows: no right is ever lost as long as it is pursued. It is also true that justice delayed is better than justice denied.
Mohamed M. Bugaighis, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of statistics