Several Libyan-Americans applauded today’s military action by the U.S. and its allies against Libya’s government, saying it was needed to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power.
“We are very happy with the air strikes,” said Salah Huwio, 50, of Ann Arbor. “This was a race against time…I don’t like war, but this guy is a madman. Someone had to stop him.”
Huwio and other Libyan-Americans told stories of family and friends who have been affected by Gadhafi’s crackdown on protests in recent weeks, including a Michigan family whose home in Libya was reportedly demolished by Gadhafi’ forces. Huwio said he supports Obama’s call to not bring in U.S. troops.
“We’ll take care of it on the ground,” Huwio said of the Libyan opposition. “We just need help with the air forces. Libyans are willing to sacrifice to take care of him…He’s been terrorizing the Libyan people for the last 41 years. People have had enough.”
Huwio joined about 150 to 200 protesters who had gathered today in Washington, D.C., to rally against the Libyan leader that they say has stifled freedom in their native land. They only wished the U.S. action had come earlier.
Dr. Mohammed Torki, 45, of Allentown, Pa., said:
“Although we feel the action is a bit late, it’s never too late to stop him. We should not back down… >>>