Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Libya's future

The eyes of the world turn again to Libya. In the chaos and confusion I hope that what emerges from the current conflict is an open and tolerant society that has the best interests of all Libyan people at the heart of its decision making.

Now, as many believe the end is in sight for the old regime, our thoughts and prayers are turning to what will be the future for Libya, both in the short term but also for the months and years ahead. I recognise that the shape of this will probably not be Western in style or content.
I will be praying for the Libyan people and trying to remain positive and hopeful. The next few months will not be easy, but with faith and perseverance the grim predictions for the country might be avoided. The Libyan people have the potential, and the spirit, to do something great with their country, joining citizens in neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt in beginning to explore what freedom from dictatorship can mean for them.
I am also aware that there is a possibility that a new government in Libya might publish information that can shed on the Lockerbie bombing. With new questions about the confidence of the conviction of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, and the second anniversary of his release from prison on compassionate grounds, this is something I would look forward to, particularly for the sake of families of those who died.


  1. Revd Alan Hamilton-Messer24 August 2011 at 14:27

    They really have to watch out for the Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and others. These people are not true Muslims and are political in that they want to create a Muslim State in the Middle East.

  2. Given the atrocities so many of them have been involved in, particularly under duress, it will not be easy for many Libyans to live with themselves and with one another. I hope they will seek some kind of healing process, something similar to the SA truth and reconciliation commission.


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