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Warning To Libyans (2)

I am glad that my last article on July 2nd got the attention of somebody (http://www.libya-watanona.com/letters/v2005a/v10jul5a.htm). This gives me a chance to clarify my point of view. I am not a politician but I have some ideas that I wished to share with my fellow Libyans. Let me start by making it clear that I have no doubt that Mr. Ghaddafi committed many mistakes. What I wanted to make clear is that the goal for the opposition movements should be a better future for the Libyan people. When I see the announcement of the London meeting, I see a deja vu. Replacing Ghaddafi is really not the most difficult part of the problem. What to replace him with is the difficult part. I read all the rosy promises for a better future for the Libyans but that is what concerned me the most. Ghaddafi promised for that 36 years ago. See where are we now. Good preparation increases the probability of a good result. Rushing to results smells another disaster.

One of the things about good preparation is to look at predecessor's experience. That includes the play makers during the Libyan monarchy and the Ghaddafi's era. These people were making the shots with certain expectations. They were right at some times and missed the goal at other times. They realize that even if they never admitted it to public. In my opinion that is a valuable experience that should not be ignored. This is not a mere activity for fun but it is crucial to avoid repeating the same mistakes over and over.

How should we learn from Ghaddafi's experience is completely different point that could be discussed. That is where I feel using internet forums could be one way to engage into debates.

Lastly, I know that many people's lives have been hurt by Ghaddafi's regime. I was not one of them and so I do admit that I am not as eager to get rid of him as they do but change in my opinion should never be based on revenge. Instead it should be based on wisely set goals.

Mwatin Libi


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