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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.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/04/us-libya-usa-...






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