February 5, 2006
The Honorable President George W. Bush
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20502
Dear President Bush:
The American Libyan Freedom Alliance (ALFA) is a non-profit organization registered in the State of Virginia. The essence of ALFA’s mission is to advocate democracy, respect for human rights, and the rule of law in Libya. Since ALFA’s inception, we have corresponded with the White House and the State Department on regular basis to urge our elected leaders to remain true to the United States declared mission of bringing democracy to the entire Middle East.
As I followed your State of the Union address on January 31, 2006, I was taken aback to an earlier speech when you announced Gadhafi’s decision to abandon his efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction. An emerging theme in most of your speeches, since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, has been to link tyranny to terrorism. During those speeches you declared America’s resolve in eradicating the fuel of terror, namely, the prevalence of tyrannies. Almost following all your speeches on the linkage of tyranny and terrorism, we have sent you letters expressing our support for your efforts in opposing tyranny, and eradicating its destructive consequences.
Since Gadhafi announced his decision to abandon his programs to manufacture WMD, a decision borne out of fear of facing dire consequences akin to Saddam Hussein’s, rather than a genuine conviction, there has been a rush to rehabilitate him into the community of nations. However, we feel that such efforts are misguided, and show willingness to sacrifice declared moral principles for oil deals and other short-term benefits. The speedy return of major American oil companies to Libya, before Libya meets its obligation to respect the human rights of its people, is leading many Libyans to question our administration’s commitment to human rights in Libya.
During the State of the Union Address, we noticed that Libya was dropped from the list of rogue nations, typically Syria, Iran, Libya, and North Korea. Such an omission leads one to ask: Has Libya made significant advances on issues of human rights? Realities in Libya clearly indicate deterioration in all aspects of life, and a significant increase in Gadhafi’s oppressive measures. We urge you not to give in to pressures coming from the oil industry, and to continue to push Gadhafi to abandon his terror at home, and to substantially improve human rights in Libya. To do otherwise, would legitimize the views of those who claim that America’s commitment to its declared goals are meaningless and self-serving.
Mohamed M. Bugaighis, Ph.D.
Chairman, American Libyan Freedom Alliance (ALFA)