October 19, 2009
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC. 20500
Re: No sale of arms to Gaddafi
Dear President Obama,
The American Libyan Freedom Alliance (ALFA) was founded in September, 2003, and registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ALFA’s primary mission is to promote human rights and democracy in Libya through advocacy and education.
Libya was granted its independence through a vote by the United Nations on December 24, 1951 after the UN General Assembly had helped in writing its constitution, and completed it on October 7, 1951.
Throughout, the subsequent 18 years of its independence, Libya had adhered to the spirit of its constitution, and lived to its international obligations of preserving peace and stability in its region and beyond.
However, Libya’s hopes and aspirations for a better future were abruptly ended on September 1, 1969 when a group of young officers lead by Muammar Gaddafi staged a military coup and deposed its legitimate government. Since that date, Libya has lived a nightmare of horrors that continues 40 years after that fateful day. Gaddafi has assumed absolute control of the country, immersing it into chaos and bloodshed that included: Political assassinations of thousands inside and outside of Libya; 1200 in the massacre of Abuslim Prison on the outskirts of Tripoli; downing civilian airliners; waging wars on neighbors Egypt, Chad and Tunisia; financing and sponsoring numerous proxy wars in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Philippine, Nicaragua, Grenada and elsewhere. Life inside of Libya has been made hellish and unbearable, forcing thousands of Libyans to flee the country alongside thousands of fleeing Africans en route to Europe for better life.
Living through terror, deprivation, hardships, and his erratic and irrational behavior, Libyans have concluded that Gaddafi is irresponsible and beyond redemption. Such conclusion were borne out of 40-years of experience, which was in full view at the United Nations and the international community during Gaddafi’s irrational and senseless behavior during his visit to New York. It was not surprising that President Obama and his administration shunned him, and so did the political leaders of Canada and Spain. It was obvious that Gaddafi felt dejected due to his erratic and unacceptable behavior. But instead of reforming his behavior, of which he is incapable, he resorted to offering lucrative arms deals to buy international support and acceptance as he has done many times before.
We wish to express our deep concern and alarm at the willingness of many arms dealers and manufacturers who are rushing to sell their weapons and military hardware to Gaddafi, without regard to the consequences. Although the bulk of purchased weapons are intended for internal oppression in Libya, however, abundance of such weapons will only entice him to seek military and terroristic adventures beyond Libya’s borders as past behavior attests. Such prospects will threaten not merely regional peace but also international stability, which Gaddafi views with utter contempt, as he had clearly expressed during his recent speech at the United Nations General Assembly. We ask the Obama administration to ensure that no US weapons are sold to Gaddafi, and to exercise maximum pressure on its Western allies to dissuade them from selling any of their weapons to Gaddafi, as they will surely not be limited to use in Libya, but could also be used on their own soils, as in the case of Northern Ireland.
Mohamed M. Bugaighis, Ph.D.
Chairman, American Libyan Freedom Alliance, ALFA