In July 2004, the World Constitution and Parliament Association organized and led a delegation of leaders of U.S. NGOs to Libya

These are 11 more photos from that trip.



We were put up in a five star hotel run by the Revolutionary Committees Movement (who were our hosts).  This is the view of Tripoli from the balcony of my room.



We had several round table discussions with members of the RCM -- about terrorism, about U.S. foreign policy and the international situation, about the nature of democracy, etc.   Our hosts were very anxious for us to understand the important idea of "direct democracy" as it exists in Libya.



Another of our discussions, which were intelligent, courteous, well-informed, and lively.



One of the paintings on the wall of the discussion room was this symbolic one of the Leader's young daughter who was killed by the U.S. bombing raid on their country in which the attempt was made to kill the Leader himself.   The Leader, M. Quadaffi, is considered to be the father of their democracy and a person of great wisdom and concern for his people.    Later we visited the building in the Leader's Compound in Tripoli where the surprise bombing raid took place and saw the room where this child was sleeping at the time. The building has been preserved as a monument to U.S. aggression.  No cameras were allowed inside the Compound.    We made a group statement, shown on Libyan TV, about our reaction to seeing the bombed out building.



Traditional Libyan dancers at a lovely seaside restaurant where we were treated to a wonderful dinner.   No alcoholic beverages are available in Libya.   There is no drinking and carousing as found in western bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.   There are no half naked dancing girls.  The Libyans are a mature, serious, Moslem and Arab people.  Yet they have a wonderful sense of humor and sense of fun as well.



Our Libyan hosts and delegation members at the long table set up for our excellent meal on the veranda of this restaurant by the Mediterranean Sea.   Some couples were dancing on the veranda to the music of the trio who played that evening.



We drove 70 kilometers to visit the nearest substation of the great water project.   This project, recently completed, was another product of the genius and vision of the Leader.   It is one of the engineering marvels of the world bringing water to the coast many kilometers across the desert, drawn from huge under Earth aquifers in the south.   Here we are treated to a Power Point presentation about the Great Water Project.



Here we visited an orchard irrigated from the Great Water Project.   Much water for farms, the planting of trees, and for the cities of Libya, now comes from the Great Water Project system.



Here I receive a beautiful insignia from the head of the Teacher's Federation of Libya.   We met with them in their impressive headquarters in Tripoli and leaned about the advanced and high quality educational system of Libya.



We visited the vast hospital center in Tripoli and saw many ultra-modern intensive care units such as this one.



We visited a radio station and some of our delegates were interviewed live.   Here our host and friend Ibraham serves as translator for the interview of James Latham, founder/manager of Radio for Peace International in Costa Rica.



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