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We can settle this politically; Yousay IN YOUR OPINION...

THE murder of General Abdel Fattah Younes, the most senior of the militia in the eastern uprising in Libya casts very serious doubts over Nato involvement in the confrontation.

Younes was recalled to appear before the controlling group in Ben-Ghazi. He was suspected of still having association with the government in Tripoli. Summary execution was carried out before arrival in Ben-Ghazi. The executioners were supporters of Al-Qaeda within Libya.

It would seem the interim council recognised by Nato and the US is a disparate coalition of interests: secular intellectual, Islamist and, most disturbingly, Al-Qaeda supporters.

It is good that the so-called "Arab spring" has revealed a grass-roots sprouting of the desire for freedom and change among the predominantly Muslim community across North Africa and the Middle East.

Arab experience of Western imperialism and neo-colonialism in the 20th Century precludes our active participation in their democratic development.

Democracy involves much more than multi-party elections. The infrastructures of human rights underpinning judicial process, rule of law and freedom of the media must be erected before support of universal suffrage. It required many centuries for our systems to mature. Non-western cultures must be allowed to experience the development appropriate to their own societies.

It would seem that most of this year international journalists have been addressed in regular press conferences by Dr Moussa Ibrahim, a spoKesperson of the Tripoli government. He lived in this country some 15 years. His studies were in politics and a doctorate in media studies from London University.

The conferences can be seen on YouTube. They suggest that there is considerably greater scope for a political settlement of the current crisis. He warns very specifically of the current transitional government being very unstable and composed of elements very unsympathetic to the West.

I would strongly recommend the addresses by Dr Moussa be listened to.

* R Crowley Roath, Cardiff
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 16, 2011
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