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My Response To Dr Mohamed Bugaighis's Letter Of July 14th:
King Making Is A Tricky Business Dr Bugaighis :
Beware Of Excessive Enthusiasm.

With great interest I read the recent letter by Dr Bugaighis in which he declares, in a strong campaigning tone, his support for Amir Mohamed Al-Sanoussi and urges us all to follow his lead. The letter is of interest for many reasons. Perhaps the most important is the standing of Dr Bugaighis in the Libyan personalities and what we know about the man and his veteran role. However, the rest of interest in the letter is not due to content but rather because of its implications. It intentionally or otherwise gives the impression of discovery of the constitutional issue. It lists in an easy to read (intentionally for greater impact) the merits of Dr Bugaighis conviction. Had Dr Bugaighis been a young lad who is just beginning to get the grips of our sad state of affairs, I would have drawn hope from the letter. But, the letter leaves me with exactly the opposite. We have none. Here is why.
To talk about a personality with this level of conviction and leaving no room for other views, almost carelessly enthusiastic about the merchandise, is in this case damaging to our case and therefore must be criticised. This is normally said about someone with a history in public office or about a contemporary you have accompanied through many ups and downs. I do not know Dr Bugaighis , but I doubt if either of the two conditions were met here.
It is not unreasonable to suggest that the letter symbolises the unreality in which the Libyan personalities and groupings have operated since the beginning. Attention to facts does not make it in the list of priorities. Realism is never a candidate for the list.

I am confident that Dr Bugaighis will forgive me when I say: support no problem, but please exercise caution with the basics. Unlike many of us, your views are important. Our case is in sufficient trouble already.
Finally, I do not recall this enthusiasm from these quarters in the early 80s when the authentic elements of Libya constitutional were still with us. It is tempting to slip into the obvious by asking: just what did Dr Bugaighis say then ?.

S. al-Zawi
London


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