You are viewing an obsolete version of the DU website which is no longer supported by the Administrators. Visit The New DU.
Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Reply #22: Libyan-American poet drops caution, speaks out [View All]

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU
pinboy3niner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:24 PM
Response to Original message
22. Libyan-American poet drops caution, speaks out

Source: Reuters

Libyan-American poet drops caution, speaks out

By Andrea Shalal-Esa

NEW YORK | Mon Apr 4, 2011 7:57pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For Americans looking to understand Libya, scene of a bloody revolt and the latest U.S. military campaign, the writer and poet Khaled Mattawa has become an unlikely guide.


He shares what he learns through postings on Facebook and Twitter every few hours, and a poem he composed about the revolution, broadcast on the BBC from London, has for many of his readers become an anthem for the uprising against Gaddafi:

"Now that we have tasted hope,
Now that we have lived on this hard-earned crust,
We would sooner die than seek any other taste to life,
any other way of being human."


Although he has often criticized past U.S. military operations, Mattawa welcomed the Western-led intervention in Libya, saying it averted thousands of deaths when Gaddafi initially sought to crush the revolt.

"Had Gaddafi been allowed to retake Benghazi, thousands would have been killed by his forces right away. And thousands more would have been killed or captured in his avowed campaign to cleanse Libya house by house," he said.

Three of his cousins are missing in Tripoli, and government forces broke into the house of another relative last month, stealing jewelry and money and raping an Indonesian woman who worked for the family, he said.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC