I'll answer more questions tomorrow if any come up.
Hey, I'm back answering some more questions. Pardon the shit English.
I'll answer more questions tomorrow if any come up.
Hey, I'm back answering some more questions. Pardon the shit English.
Comments: 132 • Responses: 30 • Date: 2015-10-03 19:53:36 UTCsource
ParkingLotRanger65 karma2015-10-03 22:24:46 UTC
What did y'all do to Ghaddafi? I heard some horrible things, like someone stuck a knife into his asshole and shit like that. Did y'all torture Ghaddafi? And if so, why would you do such a horrific thing to another human being?
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twat_hunter12 karma2015-10-04 15:57:44 UTC
Im not OP, neither Im from Lybia but I can tell that where Im from (Venezuela) years of political injustice and abuse of power can make people do horrible things. I dont know where are you from, but I think isreally hard for people from develop nations to grasp what people live through totalitarian goverments. Your question "why would you do such a horrific thing to another human being?" doesnt seem really crazy to me, coming from a third world country.
ALibyanAbroad6 karma2015-10-04 18:17:51 UTC
Shit___Taco31 karma2015-10-04 04:23:44 UTC
I asked this question further down in one of your responses, but I really hope you can answer it. Do you think Libya is better off today in its current state, then it was with Qaddafi ruling? If so why? If not, why do you not regret participating in the revolution if it has only hurt your country as a whole? Sorry if my wording came out as arrogant, but I am trying to ask an honest question. Thank you for doing this AMA, and sorry for the xenophobia you seem to be experiencing in this thread.
ALibyanAbroad11 karma2015-10-04 18:13:56 UTC
I answered a similar question to this further down before. Libya right now is definitely not better than when Ghaddafi was in power. However, this is our first step towards democracy and I hope and believe that the violence will stop and Libya will be a much more stable, fair and secure country than when it was under Ghaddafi.
jhuff7huh-8 karma2015-10-04 06:08:42 UTC
Again no answer to an important\ question. Obviously OP thinks it is worse. Bc now you can get kidnapped and bread and fuel are scarse. He was better than gangland
ALibyanAbroad6 karma2015-10-04 18:13:59 UTC
1981mph19 karma2015-10-03 20:01:26 UTC
What would you say is the biggest difference Libyans have seen in their day-to-day lives as a result of the revolution?
Did you score any good loot from Gaddafi's compound?
ALibyanAbroad41 karma2015-10-03 20:18:42 UTC
Well, under Ghaddafi most people lived pretty normal lives. You weren't threatened going outside or general unrest from violence.
Now things are different. There's the ongoing fighting between the different tribes of Libya and there's also fighting between the different clans in a region. You generally avoid roadblocks cause you might get robbed at gunpoint or, if they think you're wealthy, kidnap you. You can't go out at night. Buying bread and fuel is a problem sometimes as well.
r34xL25 karma2015-10-04 00:27:09 UTC
So would you say that getting involved in the uprising/ the uprising itself was a mistake considering the life citizens had pre-revolution?
ALibyanAbroad10 karma2015-10-04 18:39:00 UTC
No, Ghaddafi wasn't going to surrender his power if it weren't for the uprising. What you may not know is that there were a number of uprisings throughout the years and the people that called for Ghaddafi to step aside were imprisoned or executed, so it wasn't all roses.
RepDetec1 karma2015-10-04 13:03:28 UTC
Can you explain tribes and clans?
ALibyanAbroad3 karma2015-10-04 18:16:28 UTC
So basically Libya is split between major tribes that differ somewhat culturally, like home traditions, small things. Leaders of the tribes are right now trying to organise their people and fill the power vacuum Ghaddafi left behind. The clans within major cities like Tripoli control districts of the city. The clans band together either because their friends are in the group or because they're driven by the same motives.
simplejack6617 karma2015-10-04 02:51:55 UTC
As a US Sailor that was deployed to the Med during the Arab Spring, how much help were the Tomahawk Strikes?
ALibyanAbroad15 karma2015-10-04 19:03:47 UTC
You have really good aim ;) We were happy with them, we enjoyed watching them lighting up the skies at night. If it weren't for you I think Ghaddafi would still be there.
SpaceManaRitual12 karma2015-10-03 20:16:30 UTC
Who got you involved in this movement / were there any incentives? Were there any leaders?
ALibyanAbroad22 karma2015-10-03 20:20:47 UTC
I got involved from general boredom to be honest. That seems stupid now but staying inside, not knowing what's going on outside got to me.
They weren't military at first, more like organisers. A little before Ghaddafi was caught though we were being directed by the military.
SpaceManaRitual7 karma2015-10-04 00:00:20 UTC
What do you make of the fact that Ghaddafi wanted to drop the US dollar and create a gold-backed currency for its oil exchanges?
Generally speaking, do you think Libya is better off without him?
ALibyanAbroad5 karma2015-10-04 18:15:07 UTC
From what I know, the US wasn't too keen on him doing it. The country isn't better off right now but eventually I hope it will be.
naimnotname12 karma2015-10-03 21:05:59 UTC
Do you know how to shoot that thing?
ALibyanAbroad6 karma2015-10-03 21:09:52 UTC
Tucana6611 karma2015-10-03 21:17:31 UTC
Describe, please, your life growing up in Qaddafi's Libya?
ALibyanAbroad36 karma2015-10-03 21:47:54 UTC
I'll answer this in a list to make it easier.
There were pictures of Ghaddafi in offices and shops. He visited my school a couple of times and had a look around, like any other visitor would to the school.
You wouldn't talk too much shit about Ghaddafi in public, but you could crticise a bit.
Random street drifting sessions in the middle of a highway with people in the street was ordinary.
If you're caught drinking or smoking weed by the police you could bribe him with about 10 euros.
Petrol was cheaper than water. Most things were very cheap.
If you knew the right people you could get away with murder, literally.
If a Libyan woman were to leave the house without a scarf men would start cat-calling. It's seen as an invitation for attention.
You could buy alcohol on the black market.
And you could only buy dildos on the black market.
Middleman7910 karma2015-10-04 09:59:59 UTC
Was the green book true? Free university and health care and housing etc
ALibyanAbroad6 karma2015-10-04 18:19:51 UTC
Yes, all true. University, health and housing for the poor was free. Electricity was basically free, in that it was really, really free. Water was also free, so you could take really long baths. :)
MildlySuspiciousBlob9 karma2015-10-04 04:18:17 UTC
Could you describe what it was like, storming Ghaddifi's compund? That sounds intense.
ALibyanAbroad8 karma2015-10-04 18:29:30 UTC
Well, at the time I had a very small 8mm with me and only three bullets so I was a little nervous. As we were heading to the compound snipers on the roof were trying to pick us out. Someone then shot an RPG to the back door of the compound, the one closest to his tent.
Then as soon as we walked in there was a road of sorts that leads to another door of another wall. I remember it being sort of like a maze with levels and huge doors between each level. When we eventually got near the tent we hid for a while behind trees cause the snipers were still on us. People were saying there were landmines inside the compound as well but I saw no one blow up. I remember we got the the giant hand you see on tv and close by there were rooms full of ammunition, rifles, grenades, rpgs everything.
We eventually burned the empty tents and left soon after. I took a box of 9mm hand guns and a box of kalashnikovs. There were A LOT of weapons.
Sorry if the paragraphs are a little jumbled, I'm just typing as I recall.
melibelly428 karma2015-10-03 21:03:26 UTC
What is the general attitude of people smuggling others across the Mediterranean? I hear horror stories about plastic boats daily. Is it really as money-driven and heartless as it appears?
ALibyanAbroad19 karma2015-10-03 21:09:12 UTC
for the smugglers its all about the money, and they make a lot of it. They bring them up from their own country to Libya and send them on with sinking boats.
From what I heard it's 5 to 10000 Euros to cross to Italy. And yeah, they don't give a shit.
dubchem7 karma2015-10-03 21:24:33 UTC
What do you think of the fact that Libya is considered a "failed state"? Are you still in Libya? If so, what is day-to-day life like there? if not, what is day-to-day life like where you are?
ALibyanAbroad9 karma2015-10-03 21:52:05 UTC
I'm in Europe right now and started university. Since I had dual-citizenship it was easy leaving.
dubchem0 karma2015-10-03 21:59:21 UTC
I'll be honest with you. I think that you may be pushing things by doing this AMA in that case. I don't mean to criticize or demean you. I'm just not sure that it is in your best interest, despite how careful and sparse you are trying to be with details. That's all I will say. I wish you the best.
ALibyanAbroad13 karma2015-10-03 22:07:12 UTC
Where do your concerns stem from?
dubchem8 karma2015-10-03 22:24:13 UTC
You created a new account for this AMA and you've been sparse on details. My concerns likely stem from the same place your caution originates. Living in the West, I would very much enjoy hearing your perspective, but I'm not sure the risk to you is worth our curiosity.
ALibyanAbroad16 karma2015-10-03 22:48:25 UTC
There are no risks really. i just wanted to share without disclosing my identity thats all, I have no regrets nor will there be any repercussions.
Shit___Taco1 karma2015-10-04 04:19:38 UTC
So do to the fact that you say you have no regrets, is it safe to assume that you think Libya is better off today in its current state, then it was with Qaddafi ruling? If so why? If not, why do you not regret participating in the revolution if it has only hurt your country as a whole? Sorry if my wording came out as arrogant, but I am trying to ask an honest question. Thank you for doing this AMA, and sorry for the xenophobia you seem to be experiencing in this thread.
ALibyanAbroad3 karma2015-10-04 18:30:19 UTC
Morebeef0 karma2015-10-04 16:14:42 UTC
ALibyanAbroad2 karma2015-10-04 18:30:28 UTC
brinz15 karma2015-10-04 12:52:39 UTC
What happened when you stormed Ghadafis compound? I would love to hear that story
ALibyanAbroad2 karma2015-10-04 18:31:51 UTC
Clearskky4 karma2015-10-04 11:42:54 UTC
Are you happy with how this entire Arab Spring ended up? Are you or people in general happier now?
ALibyanAbroad3 karma2015-10-04 18:31:41 UTC
I answered a similar question above. Obviously no one is happy until the fighting stops and democracy is instilled.
pharmaceus0 karma2015-10-04 07:54:36 UTC
A couple of questions but I think those are fairly important:
I don't expect many answers to those but what you are doing is so clumsy and absurd that I really don't know what to say... It's actually quite hilarious but since I didn't pay much attention to Libya I might read something interesting.
ALibyanAbroad5 karma2015-10-04 18:59:34 UTC
These are more than a couple of questions :)
I don't quite understand what's clumsy though.
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ALibyanAbroad4 karma2015-10-03 20:40:06 UTC
I don't follow how you went from how women are free to refugees raping them. Could you provide a source on the rapes out camps in Germany?
I think the refugees being accepted in Europe are thankful of the help given to them, the refugees will adjust their mentality in days not generations.
VerumInInanis-9 karma2015-10-03 20:45:15 UTC
Here is a source for the rapes and forced prostitution in german camps.
Well women in Europe are used to walking about by themselves, alone, at dark, maybe intoxicated, dressed lightly. This will of course lead to many many rapes when they encounter refugees from the most primitive places of the world.
From what I've seen and read many don't seem thankful at all.
ALibyanAbroad17 karma2015-10-03 21:06:08 UTC
I don't consider the daily mail a source. And I agree with nothing of what you said.
Gedz-2 karma2015-10-04 08:40:37 UTC
So when are you going to start to get your society back to normal by turning in your smuggler buddies?
ALibyanAbroad6 karma2015-10-04 18:33:00 UTC
Turn them in where?
chronicallyfailed-3 karma2015-10-03 23:32:10 UTC
Wow, team islamophobia are out in force today. And OP isn't even a muslim. Great job, racists of reddit.
OP, what was it like inside Ghaddafi's compound?
ALibyanAbroad1 karma2015-10-04 18:34:00 UTC
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ALibyanAbroad18 karma2015-10-03 22:05:48 UTC
Firstly, I'm not muslim. I know a lot of muslims though and none of them go out murdering people. The media actively seek to portray muslims as violent and are dishonest with their reporting. I saw a lot of news reports during the uprising of stuff which is supposedly happening outside my door but wasn't.
scatpornaficionado-13 karma2015-10-03 20:29:34 UTC
I'm an ateist and one of my best freinds Jewish, i was more or less raised by his parents. I also have 2 gay friends, one of them a cartoonist.
Where do we fit into in the version of Islam the refugees are bringing with them? Where do we fit in into Islam in general?
You guys just got a brand new mosque here in Denmark today,despite having one that already documented have supplied soldiers to ISIS, so it's only fair that i know what to expect?
ALibyanAbroad15 karma2015-10-03 20:35:24 UTC
Hello, fellow atheist. I can not tell you where you fit in Islam because I'm not muslim. However, I recommend going down to the new mosque and ask them.
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ALibyanAbroad12 karma2015-10-03 21:01:45 UTC
Trying is the best advice I can give you. All I can say is that I don't go out murdering people drawing Mohammed, nor do most of people I know.
wee0x1b-13 karma2015-10-03 21:10:02 UTC
Oh, I'm not saying you do. But Islam isn't exactly known to be terribly welcoming as far as new or outside ideas go. It's not high on the tolerance scale.
ALibyanAbroad16 karma2015-10-03 21:26:14 UTC
Refugees in Europe are quite thankful to be there so I can't see them unsettling their hosts.
Also, most people form their opinion from the media, which isn't a good thing considering the stuff they make up. I saw countless reports on UK media about the stuff supposedly going on in Tripoli and they were plain lies.
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