Voice of the People
Libyans deserve a peaceful future
Let us applaud National Geographic for its February 2013 issue on New Old Libya.
This very welcome progressive journalism looks at the world outside the boundaries of America, not through a keyhole, but with an open-window vision. This entices readers to look at other countries and their people as very valuable members of the world orchestra and replaces backward fear and distrust with respect for diversity and the realistic notion that strangers, as long as the catalyst of mutual respect and empathy exists, are friends that we have not met yet.
For the last several months both the American and international public has been reminded constantly that Libya is the place where American diplomats were brutally sacrificed.
Every country of the world, including our beloved America, shares the burden of a minority of its people who lack respect for the sanctity of life, diversity and human rights and perpetrate hideous crimes against their own countrymen as well as cold-blooded and premeditated crime against those brave and heroic Americans who died serving Libya and America as ambassadors of good will.
Libyan people, whether living in Libya or America, share with us, Americans, our love for freedom and human rights, as well demonstrated by their recent sacrificial struggles to overthrow a cruel and bloody dictator.
Libyans are more than ever grateful to America for our decisive role in supporting their quest for a new dawn of peace, freedom and prosperity.
Today our Libyan brothers and sisters mourn with us and condemn from their hearts the criminal executions at the American Embassy in Libya.
May God Almighty continue blessing the bonds of friendship between America and Libya and provide a future of well-deserved peace and prosperity for our Libyan brothers and sisters.
Dr. Frank Rivas
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