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الجمعة 11 فبراير 2010

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Dr. deFenQi

The story goes:

Once upon a time, there was a gathering of Libyan men, dozen or so, conversing and hacking away to pass and put behind their ka-ssad time. They were digesting the current events, covering from daQ-daQ ella aslamu 3aleakum. They were sharing and debating all kinds of issues; politics, price of goods, flan is getting married and bin-3alan, unfortunately, had an accident, religion also was on the table…etc.. More than three hours had passed into the evening where everyone, but one person in this gathering, shared and offered his take on all the subjects.. …because of his fame, his schooling and his often appearing “literary muscle”; this person –e7maeda’s- silence was very noticeable to everyone, all thought he must have something of value to add.

Binjraed , being nice fellow, asks: “Shar-ekna wa a3deena rayak ya e7ammeada.” …. “I have nothing to say” answers e7ammeada …

” you must have something to add, you must have an opinion on some if not all of what we talked about” ...says khaleel...

“yalla had-rez ou qool shae” adds Abdullah…

”not really, I can’t think of anything” answers e7mmeada …

”ohh common” shouted few men in unison, in which e7mmeada replies

“ett-ree-dooni en-qool esh-lal?” ….

Perplexed they were! Looked and saw the disappointment in each others eyes… but in their hearts, all wished e7maeda hadn’t opened his mouth.

Friends, pardon my failure for not thinking of something cleaner than this, for, what do you say to someone and in a time like NOW, that not only asks: “What do Libyans really want?” but points the ills of others and intentionally ignores the obvious…if this doesn’t confirm to the ”oldest profession in the world” I don’t know what is…

Al-‘Eryan


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