Mohamed Eljahmi, brother of Libyan dissident Fathi Eljahmi imprisoned by Qadhafi for speaking out in favor of democratic reforms, expressed his disappointment -- and concern -- about the decision to normalize relations with Libya:
It is unfortunate that the restoration of full diplomatic relations occurred while my brother Fathi, who is the leading democratic reformer in Libya, remains in prison. Given Qadhafi’s history, the U.S. is making a mistake by taking him at face value. In a recent New Yorker article, Qadhafi’s son did not renounce terrorism but rather said, 'We used terrorism as tactic for bargaining.' It has to be concluded that if he perceived Libya and America (or anyone else) to be in conflict, terrorism against civilians would be a legitimate tactic.
Mohamed is the author of several articles on Libya's human rights violations and the plight of his brother, and are worth reading today:
True To His Terrorist Ways, CBS News, April 13, 2006;
Bad Decision 101, National Review Online, March 20, 2006;
The People vs. Qadhafi, National Review Online, March 16, 2006;
Libya and the U.S.: Qadhafi Unrepentant, Middle East Forum, Winter 2006.