The Importance Of Disseminating Factual Information|
Mohammed Buisier, Public Relations Officer of the American Libyan Freedom Alliance (ALFA), was interviewed Wednesday, December 31, on Fox News about the latest developments in Libya. The reporter was horrified to hear of Gaddafi’s bloody record, and, when a video tape showing public hangings in Libya, was produced, she was truly convinced. Gaddafi recently admitted his activities in developing weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and announced his intention to dismantle them. Upon hearing this news, British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, applauded Gaddafi’s move and praised him profusely in public.
You might ask what do these two events have in common and what is their relevance to our national struggle to free Libya from Gaddafi’s tyranny. Both events point to the fact that Libyan exiles in the United States and the United Kingdom have failed in an important mission, informing the public and political leaders in those two nations of the criminal record of Gaddafi. Had the British public been well informed about the gross human rights violations committed by Gaddafi, I doubt that Jack Straw would have dared praise Gaddafi in the manner that he did, without being accused of hypocritical behavior.
Similarly, had the American public been well informed about Gaddafi’s bloody history, American policy-makers would be less likely to consider any accommodation with the tyrant of Libya. We, as Libyan exiles, must utilize all media outlets to disseminate the facts about Gaddafi and his crimes. This would ensure that leaders of world democracies would think carefully about praising or doing business with the likes of Gaddafi, without compromising their own credibility.
Mohamed M. Bugaighis, Ph.D.