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Seeking context and understanding from Libya's youth

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Sanaa, a nursing student asked:

"Why Libya? We have had good relations with the US and Europe since 2003. It is well known that the CIA and Libya worked together a lot as recently as 2009-2010. Does the US only attack when a country has oil? Zimbabwe's government has treated its people much worse than ours but there was no intervention. What about Bahrain, Yemen and Syria?"

"Any civilians being threatened in those countries who need Obama's humanitarian intervention?" Sanaa added sarcastically.

Nadia, a medical student tabled the question:

Can all the misinformation about what has happened to our country from the beginning of the third week of February be innocent accidents or poor reporting? For example, all those stories like the Viagra and alcohol-fueled rapes, the western media reports of our government mass slaughtering civilians, Tripoli ready to implode on the top of our leaders, the claims that Colonel Qaddafi has no legitimacy or popular support, that there is chaos in the streets of Tripoli with the population being terrified, or that our leader is wounded and fled to Venezuela and on and on. Who created all these false reports and why?"

Imad, an engineering student asked: "Why did NATO bomb our civilian air traffic control tower last weekend wounding more civilians? Even our airport director said the ATC system is 100% civilian, and so have IATA and some American officials."

Hind, an IT student and volunteer with a women's group asked:

"Do the Americans and NATO expect a post Qaddafi Libya will please them more if they succeed is outing our leader? Do they have any idea how much anger their aggression has created among our people? They are making our leader into a very popular personality, not just in Libya and Africa but with people everywhere who oppose US wars and its attempted hegemony. Can the US and NATO ever hope to bring about reconciliation? Will the next government be all that much better?"

These students' questions remain unanswered and indeed the questions here are becoming more frequent and intense.

Students at Al Nasser University and their countrymen are demanding answers from the White House, NATO and even from the distrusted western media housed in Tripoli's Rixos Hotel. To date, none of the above has been able to provide coherent answers.

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