Can Zebra Change Its Stripes?
Col. Moammar Gadaffi, splashed across the front pages of major newspapers as the Libyan dictator enjoyed a prestigious European state visit.
And Dr. Idris Aboufayed and his companions wondered when the world would get around to asking about them, the unassuming intellectual who, after years of denouncing Gadaffi, left his home in Switzerland and faced the dictator and his gangs head on bravely, imprisoned for 55 days initially and then released and re-arrested on the 16/02/2007 for planning a peaceful demonstration with his companions in the Martyrs square in Tripoli scheduled on 17/02/2007.
“Gaddaffi is one of the worst violators of human rights in the world, and there he is being welcomed back.
“This is what makes me mad. … How could people not stand up and say no to his policies?” Gaddafi, 65, has ruled Libya with an iron fist for 38 years. He has crushed free speech, killed dissidents and funded terrorists at home and abroad, observers say. He visited Paris and Portugal last week, marking his highest-profile state visits in decades. In France, he was greeted by President Nicolas Sarkozy, who told a local paper, “Gaddaffi is not perceived as a dictator in the Arab world.”
The Libyan leader also is riding high since assurances that the United States soon will resume diplomatic relations and reopen an embassy in Libya, which it credits as an ally in the war on terror.
“I think that shows you something about how” politicians “hug people. It’s not for the right reasons,”Libya boasts Africa’s largest confirmed oil reserves, making it an attractive trading partner for western nations, For Dr. Idris Aboufayed supporters, Gaddaffi’s renaissance is a bitter pill to swallow.
“He should be charged with crimes against humanity, not welcomed in the Elysee” Palace in Paris. “When I see all this, I’m wondering: What happened to the fibre of Western morality? It’s lunacy to think a zebra can somehow change its stripes.”
London, United Kingdom