Compiled by Selwyn Manning
Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi has offered to send humanitarian aid to the United States to help victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.
"It is our human duty to stand side-by-side with the American people despite our political conflict," he said.
Revulsion was expressed at the stunning terrorist assault against the United States. The attack has brought the USA's traditional foes together with its closest allies, as world governments vowed to catch the attackers.
Even Syria, Iran and Libya, who have in the past been accused by the US of sponsoring terrorism, condemend the attacks. [AFP]
Other residents in the Libyan capital Tripoli said people were glued to television and radio sets to follow news developments of the terror attacks.
"Most people were saddened by television footage of innocent people screaming and running through the streets of New York. People in my neighbourhood showed sympathy with innocent Americans," said Hassan Guaoud, a shop-owner reached by telephone.
"Like most Arabs, many Libyans believe America was the target because of its support to Israel, although they were outraged by the losses of innocent lives."
A European diplomat admitted he was surprised by the reaction of Libyans in the streets despite heavy and constant government propaganda against the U.S.
"According to the information I have there was no display of joy among Libyans after the attacks. The reaction was rather decent and people were moved by the scenes of death and havoc," the diplomat said. [Reuters]
However, another Libian News Agency... published a letter from a Islamic group. Here is the letter in full:
Welcome Back to Al-Jamahiria - Besm Allah wa Besm Alfateh Alatheem
Salam Alaikom my beloved Libyan brothers and sisters, I am writing to you today for one reason only, as a citizen of the great Jamahiria I ask all of you to come back to your country to validate all the negative media reports against our great revolution, the false reports on human rights and the distribution of wealth among our people, my brothers and I have our hands clean of any wrongdoing and we get paid just like any Libyan citizen from our hard work. We have no access to the treasurer of Libya or any.
People in the west were raising the issue of safety for our citizens coming back, this should never be an issue and the allegation are non-founded All of you are welcome to come back to help build our great history of people's ruling in a true democratic way provided by our Leader Moamar through his genius theory of the Third World Solution to democracy or the great Green Book.
Brothers and Sisters, your country needs you so stop listing to the stray dogs and the agents of the western intelligence. Alfateh Forever and we will never allow the slavery of individuals to our people through any mean of ruling Libya except the people's way.
Tripoli, The Great Jamahiria