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Sunday, 1 February, 2009

Letter To President Barack Obama

It came to my attention that the US administration will be sending a team to assess conditions in North Africa. I sent a letter to both President Obama and Hilary Clinton to apprize them of the situation in Libya. I have modified the letter to its attached form, and suggest other Libyans send the letter or other modified forms of it to both President Obama and Secretary Clinton.

Regards

Mohamed Bugaighis

January 30, 2009

President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Re: US-Libya relations

Dear President Obama:

When former “Senator Obama” announced his agenda of change, we welcomed the message, and cheered him along his arduous path to the Presidency of the United States. We were gratified that the campaign was successful and “Senator Obama” has now become the 44th President of the United States. We are hopeful and optimistic that the United States and Libya will witness better times once real change occurs also in Libya, a change leading to the restoration of constitutional democracy in Libya, the way it was before the military junta robbed Libya of its freedom and hopes for better future.

Gaddafi and other junior officers in the Libyan army staged a military coup on September 1, 1969, and deposed King Idriss and his government, and declared suspension of the Libyan Constitution of 1951, which was prepared with the active supervision and guidance of the UN General Assembly. Ever since that date, Libya has been ruled by decrees, issued largely by Gaddafi. As a result, the country had descended into lawlessness and violence, as the military junta sought to consolidate their grip on power. Gaddafi was not merely intent to contain his violence within Libya’s borders but had actively sought to export it directly or through proxies to other nations. Although Libya’s neighbors have borne the brunt of his military adventures, the abundance of Libya’s wealth had enabled Gaddafi to reach far and wide with devastating effects. Gaddafi had promoted turmoil and mayhem in several nations in West Africa, Liberia, Chad, Egypt, Tunisia, and more. While promoting chaos and bloodshed overseas, Libyans were by large his easiest victims, as he had managed to keep the international community and media out of the country. For example, 1200 political prisoners were massacred in a few hours at Abuslim prison, on the outskirts of Tripoli in June 1996.

Now with a new President Obama, and his expressed desire to return the US to its moral values in its dealings with itself and others, Gaddafi is desperately trying to market himself as a legitimate statesman, by hiring a lobbying firm and publishing in the New York Times. Gaddafi is trying to portray himself as having been transformed from a terrorist to a credible statesman; however, there are no signs of improvements in conditions in Libya, but a further deterioration in conditions. We ask you, President Obama, to put people before oil and quick riches; and we will be by your side as we seek to return Libya to democracy and respect for human rights, which is also in the best interest of the United States.

Sincerely,

( Your Name )


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