January 12, 2004
President Romano Prodi
Dear President Prodi:
The mission of the American Libyan Freedom Alliance (ALFA) is to inform and educate the American public and the international community about the true nature of the Gadhafi regime. Although Gadhafi’s crimes have been largely confined to Libya, and bordering countries, oil resources have enabled him to export his terrorism to other places. Several European cities have had first-hand experiences with Gadhafi’s criminal activities when several Libyan exiles were murdered in many European cities. Recently, the mass murder of the passengers of the American Pan Am 103 over Scotland, and the French UTA772 airliner over Niger have been in the world news. Gadhafi’s crimes and gross human rights violations have been documented by various international organizations, most notably, Amnesty International.
European leaders’ embrace of Gadhafi, following his admission to possession of WMD, have eroded Europe’s credibility and belied its commitment to democracy and freedom. It is obvious to us, members of ALFA, and the rest of the world community, that Europe’s leaders put short-term gains before the lives of 5 million Libyans, since business with Gadhafi will avail him more money for more oppression at home and mischief abroad.
Europe’s leaders might seek to justify their embrace of Libya’s tyrant on the basis of his willingness to rid Libya of its WMD. We take issue with this erroneous conclusion. Gadhafi's admission and subsequent willingness to cease his program of manufacturing WMD were a result of relentless pressure by USA and Britain, which ultimately forced him to accept his responsibility for downing the American Pan Am 103 and the French UTA772 airliner. Also seeing the fate of Saddam Hussein was “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” which resulted in a succession of concessions to the international community. As a man of violent history, Gadhafi, has not changed because of Europe’s gentle persuasion, but because he saw a potential of a violent end similar to that of Iraq's tyrant.
Gadhafi is a tyrant who can never be trusted, and is incapable of changing his old habits. In a very recent speech, he confessed contempt for representative democracy, and he insisted that he would pursue his oppressive “revolutionary” ways, which have caused so much havoc and terror throughout the world. We urge all European leaders, in conjunction with American leaders, to exert more pressure to end Libya’s decades of tyranny and oppression. It is only through a democratic government in Libya, that the country and the rest of the world community can expect peace and mutual prosperity.
Mohamed M. Bugaighis, Ph.D.
Chairman, American Libyan Freedom Alliance