Libyan Constitutional Union  










30 October 1981

The Libyan Constitutional Union was formed early this year and has already attracted a considerable number of Libyans, both inside and outside Libya. We are writing to introduce ourselves and provide you with some basic background information about our movement. It is a purely nationalist movement that has no tendencies either to the right or the left of the political stream. We have but one major concern: to put an end once and for all to the madness and horror which have engulfed Libya, for so many years, and to restore law and order and common sense to our country.

We feel that our case is unique in that we hardly need to justify our aim to terminate the existing regime in Libya. The present government in Libya has done more than enough, both at home and abroad, to show its true nature to the whole world. To this end, the LCU is calling on all Libyans and the whole spectrum of Libyan dissident groups to rally together and request King Idris to be our mentor and head of this opposition movement. The LCU aims to act as an umbrella organization under which all oppositions to the present regime will be able to join forces with the ultimate objective of rebuilding Libya and establishing a democratic system of government. We believe that the King will answer our call despite the fact that he has been away from the political scene for some years.

As a man of impeccable character, high moral standards and brilliant statesmanship, King Idris is beyond criticism both by Libyans and. world leaders alike. Therefore a man of the King's caliber would be best able to reunite all Libyans and assume the task of ending this regime, which is destroying our country at an alarming speed.

We believe that what is happening in Libya now can only be described as a national disaster with grave international implications. The policies of the present regime have ruined the economy, made a mockery of democracy and hurt every family in the country. It has humiliated the professional people, whose

Skills the nation badly needs. In this hour of grave national emergency it is the duty of all affected to take part in alleviating the suffering, regardless of ideological differences. Libya will not forgive us if we waste any time on revolutionary rhetoric or asserting various dogmas instead of concentrating on the problem before us. We invite all Libyans to join us and, for the present we ask them to leave their ideologies aside. We cannot allow ourselves to be in any way distracted from our joint aim to rescue our country first. Only then can we indulge in the luxury of ideological discussions. We should no longer sit back or hide and wait to be terrorised and insulted by a regime which has no respect for the Libyan people and no regard for international law.

  We attach great importance to the fact that Libya’s present regime does not only carry a reign of terror at home but also is a cause of destabilization in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Full awareness of he circumstances which have enabled this regime to survive for so long, and develop such great power, would lead any impartial observer to co nclu de that the West's silence on all the atrocities committed by the regime must have played a major role in sustaining it so far.

Analysis of Libya's position in the world trade tells an incredible story. Every exporting country in the world trades with Libya.  We see Libya as a unique bargain spot for these countries which, with the full cooperation of the present regime, carry on their businesses at the expense of the Libyan people.

  The regime's activities outside Libya have been a blatant insult to both international and local laws; but economic considerations have hindered most Western governments from out-rightly condemning its global infamies.  We see the West's subdued reactions sadly contradicting their stated beliefs and principles toward injustices and atrocities elsewhere in the world.  Even though the Libyans have been aware of these facts for a long time, all their attempts to end this regime have been foiled by the exceedingly efficient networks which protect it. The lack of adequate protection for Libyan dissidents in the West may also have hindered the formation of effective opposition movements in the past.

  Despite the obvious dangers, we have chosen to declare our intentions openly. We believe that the time has come for every Libyan to stand up and be counted, even in the face of threats from the publicly announced policy of this regime of "physical liquidation" to all opposition.  We have no illusions about the strength of the regime's resistance to opposition movements.  Since it cannot defend its conduct on any reasonable grounds, it will resort to violence and terrorism.  We cannot help wondering whether the streets of London, Rome, Paris, Bonn and other Western capitals will be the venues for another wave of assassinations.  The regime, with its enormous wealth, can buy the services of assassins and "advisers" to maintain its rule.

  Past experience tells us that we can expect sympathetic voices in the world press as well as from some individuals.  But sympathy alone is not sufficient. We hope that the governments concerned will make an unambiguous stand for international law and order and not allow the "liquidation" of opposition to the existing Libyan regime.

  It is possible, under the present day economic crisis, the West might not wish to antagonize Libya's regime.  They also might like to think that what is happening in, Libya is just an internal affair for the Libyans.  However, this regime's international adventures cannot really be divorced from the economic and political practices pursued within Libya.  Direct or indirect support for the present destructive regime in Libya cannot be defended on moral or practical grounds.

  Silent or evasive opposition movements cannot be heard, recognized or respected.  It is our intention to speak out loud and clear and present all the issues involved without fear and in the hope of unifying the opposition to the present regime in Libya.




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