January 22, 2004
Dear Honorable Member of Congress:
On November 6, 2003, President Bush accurately identified tyranny as responsible for the spread of terrorism, and vowed to mobilize the United States’ resources to bring an end to tyranny and to usher in an era of democracy and freedom. Tyrants in many nations have blamed the west and the United States in particular for the unbearable conditions that they have created and imposed upon their countries. They have instituted poverty and oppression as means of national control. They have humiliated and dehumanized their populations and created a state of hopelessness and despair in many parts of the world, particularly in the Middle East, where the prevalence of dictators is most visible.
President Bush acknowledged that some western nations had given support to several tyrants, and might have even created some of those monsters for short-term gains. While admitting wrong doings in the past, he urged western democracies to join hands with the United States to undo the wrong and to set the Middle East on a road to freedom and democracy. However, his call seems to have been largely ignored in Europe as we witness a mad rush of European companies to Libya to do business with the Libyan dictator, breathing a new life in him, and providing him with more cash for more terror inside and outside of Libya.
Most recently, a US congressional delegation announced their intention to visit Libya and meet with Gaddafi, granting him some degree of US legitimacy, which he has craved for decades. Those delegates do not realize that they are undermining the credibility of the United States and adding to the plight of the Libyan people, who have suffered tremendously under Gaddafi’s tyranny. The most basic human rights have been denied, freedom of expression is non-existent, membership in any party is punishable by death. We remind members of the delegation that elections are unheard of in Libya, and many who called for such elections are languishing in Gaddafi’s jails, if they have not been executed. We ask the honorable members of Congress to remember that the hands of Gaddafi are smeared with the blood of 187 fellow Americans, victims of Pan Am 103, not to mention the blood of thousands of Libyans executed by the butcher, you are now honoring by your visit.
Mohamed M. Bugaighis, Ph.D.
Chairman, American Libyan Freedom Alliance (ALFA)