Sunday, April 02, 2006

Libyan drivers

Below is an interesting video I found of Libyan driving.

Actually yesterday one of my friends called me in a panic. Her husband had gone shopping and taken her car. He parked it and got out, noticed a minibus swerving in and out of traffic at high speed and then it ploughed into her car and totalled it. It's a good thing that no one was in the car because they probably would not have survived.

Anyway, her husband was at the police station trying to straighten it all out. It seems that some of the passengers on the bus were injured and the busdriver was trying to talk his way out of it all. Of course the minibus didn't have proper insurance and the police were advising my friend's husband to just take whatever money he could get! - the car was less than a year old!

God help us all!

note: the video is not from the insident I mentioned above.


  1. It looks like the yob culture has reached Libya, how great. Maybe influenced by the ‘rap’ ‘gangster’ image – 50 Cent, Eminem and the like. Unfortunate really. Rabee Yahdeehum.

  2. It's that Adam on one of his joy rides?

  3. A rather sobering look at the youth of Libya. Since our flat is in the vicinity of a few institutes and high schools, this is basically what happens on the road right around the corner from us on a daily basis. Pretty scary! And your worried about the influence of a reggae singer with a bit of cleavage . . . hehehe...

    Sigh . . I imagine Adam will be right there with them as soon as he gets his own wheels.

  4. Why don't the police or the secret service do anything about it? Warn them, fine them maybe? Land with no law. I'm sure the police or secret service would be tightly observing a young man with a beard going to pray Dawn prayers every day but not a yob causing havoc on the streets.
    I showed the video clip and various others on the same site to my younger brother who has never been to Libya - he said: 'and you want me to go to Libya - no way, I’d rather go to Ghana.'

  5. I'm sure young Adam is mature gentleman :)

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  7. Dear 7mada
    Seems like you're really out of touch with our way of living.As for beards you can have them up to your knees !For the Fejer Prayer everybody goes it's now the norm. Now about going to Ghana that's another story !

  8. I'm too old fashioned - I'm way out of touch with Libya these days. Do you think I would get a cultural shock maybe from not experiencing life there and by having a certain pre-fixed positive perception of what Libya is like – maybe if I saw things I didn’t expect – things I didn’t like? Sigh – I don’t know.
    I don't know why my brother came out with Ghana?

  9. 7mada, how long has it been since you set foot in the Jamahiriyah?

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  11. What the hell is wrong with that person?

  12. it looks like the howard franklin bridge at rush hour traffic

  13. 7mada I don't know how long it has been since you've been here in Libya , but guessing on all your comments ; it must be too long ago .Tell us about your self . Where are you living that there isn't any lawlessness, where there is true democracy , real freedom,no worry about going to the hospital because of lack of insurance , being able to afford medicine , and free public schools that don't try to bend the minds of your childern to the governments way of thinking one way or another ?Where there isn't homeless people sleeping outside in the freezing cold ?No soup kitchens because everyone has a good paying job and can afford grocerys .
    Listen , the World is the same place here , as there, where ever there is for you .There is happiness,goodness , and kindness where ever you look in the world . Even in the darkest room you will find light if you look for it .So , are you a glass is half empty kinda guy , or are you a glass is half full person when it comes to Libya ? There is only one Paradise, and we haven't been there yet ! Syd

  14. Hi KhadijaTeri -

    When I was much younger - some 50 years ago - I raced sports cars: MGs, Sprites, and my favorite, a Lotus 7. Mostly just club racing, but I did drive in a few National races! Started out by going to a special race drivers school where I learned, among a lot of other things, to reverse direction just as the Mazda is doing in the video.
    From that perspective, I have two comments:

    .... The driver is obviously quite skilled. KhadijaTeri, he is a good driver, and it was a pleasure to watch his drving in traffic.

    .... The driver is, in my opinion, quite stupid to do those stunts on a crowded city street. While he seems to be controlling the car quite well, he can not control others, and some other person or car may accidently get in his path and wind up dead - or worse, maimed for life!!

  15. A post by ‘Anonymous’ or maybe ‘Syd’, first & foremost welcome and I appreciate your contribution. I would like to point out that my ‘absence’ from ‘Jamahiriya’ does not degrade my views, comments or opinions; thus it cannot be a valid argument against my ideas.

    Like Khadijateri has expressed in a previous post; the ‘treadmill of life’ is experienced by anyone, anywhere. Such a treadmill may include daily affairs, work, money, feeding the family, paying the rent, car insurance, credit card bills, telephone bills, electric bills etc; these are the typical characteristics of daily life. Yet the environment and properties that surround these typical characteristics differ. (Maybe you can tell me a place with no crime? Because I do not know such a place, good and bad is everywhere). However the quality of health care for example may differ, the administration of the local councils will differ, provision of domestic security & service will differ; such as the police, fire and ambulance services. Facilitation and input into the aspects mentioned above is a form of dedication and ‘providing’ what can be facilitated to the nation. This couples democracy and in a sense is 50% of democracy. There are failures such as homelessness, crime, poverty, deprived housing and the list goes on – yet this is life – a test from Allah (SWT), however how the administration’s intentions and genuine actions try to tackle these failures is an important factor. My outlook revolves around the issue that AlhamdulilAllah Libya is a majority a Muslim population and we have the sound & solid principles of The Holy Quran and the Sunnah in front of us- so we have a guide on how to tackle the many failures mentioned above, so why cannot we exploit this ‘Na3mah’ (blessing), Islam, and seek knowledge in such areas as economic development, government investment in a National Health Service, schooling, initiatives for the young etc. Libya also benefits from further ‘Na3mah’ which include national resources such as oil & gas – which create revenues for the country, Libya – a land of history, culture, religion and ancient ruins – why hasn’t there been in any public sector input and assistance in encouraging and a developing a tourism industry? I’m sure there are plenty of private tourist companies in Libya now – but why did it not occur beforehand - someone at the top must have been preventing it from happening?

    ‘There is only one Paradise, and we haven't been there yet!’ Did I mention or imply in any manner there is more than one Paradise? Or are you expressing that one should experience pain and hell in this life before one reach’s Paradise in the hereafter? So one should experience a deprived and deteriorating National Health Service before paradise? Interesting thoughts indeed.
    ‘So, are you a glass is half empty kind of guy, or are you a glass is half full person when it comes to Libya?’ I think I have to ask you that question my honourable friend.

    When you express the term ‘listen’, are you giving me advice? Or are you threatening me? Or are you using aggressive tones in debate? As these are weaknesses and invalid ways of generating healthy discussion and debate.

    My ultimate point being is that over the past 36 years one has not seen the best exploitation of Libya’s benefits and current development is slow. The vital question remains – why cannot Libya be the best? It has the fruitful resources required, just a lack of positive intention from an aging and poor administration.


  16. GOD, when I was in Libya they never showed me anything as cool as that. That was sweet, I have seen some crazy shit before but that their was INSANE. Oh yes one more thing, when exactly is the government gonna fix the roads(i am asuming they are), have they set a date.

  17. I must say 7mada I cant help but totally aggre with you primarly because you bring up some very good points, but you see Libya is a good old fashioned lawless society,Libya is a un-educated, rasin headed, backwards, society. The first time I went their I liked it. It was fun, I was given tons of fireworks, matches, lighters, and told to go FUCKING NUTS. Now that I am older I can only feel shame when I come to my beloved homeland, I still find somethings cool, such as the car stunt but i know its wrong. Everytime I come to Libya, I become more and more ashamed,primarly because of our stagering under achievments. I want Libya to be a bloody FUCKIN super power, I want Libya to have Nuclear Weapons, I want Libya to wipe out half of Italys population just like those bastards wiped out half of ours, I want Libya to put fear in the hearts of man, I want Libya to brutally colonize the west just like the west brutally colonized us, I want libya to stand tall with pride, I want Libya to rule the world, I want Libya to be known as the intelectual capital of the world,its just too damn bad that I am the only one who wants these things. The Muslim world is in a sad, sad state right now, all people want to do is eat and sleep, and go to the bathroom they repeat this cycle for years until they eventually die, Libyans how shall I say it are... Well the Tamaziga(berber) word for it is "Selug" or a waste, without purpose, worthless, I fell like W.E.B Dubois I have the ambition but my people are worthless, so its like draging a dead horse into battle, oh well. And as far as Anonymous, who ever he or she is they are IDIOTIC AT BEST. YES their is homelessness, and a wide verity of social problems in the west, but hell at least the overall appearence looks nice, at least they are forward thinking and progresive(i mean in science, and managment, of course we totally have the upper hand when it comes to such things such as morals), if anyone where to pull a car stunt like that in the US in a Market or Outdoor shoping mall they would be arrested on the spot, PEOPLE LIKE YOU Anonymous ARE THE REASON WHY LIBYA IS BACKWARDS, you are afriad to admit that their is a problem, and if you can't admit it then you can not fix it. You my friend suffer from compound ignorance. You see something that is cleary wrong and backwards, but you attempt to justify it anyway. I DONT THINK 7mada was stating that people in Libya are not good and kind, Quite the contrary, when I was in libya I was met with nothing but goodness and kindness, and hospitality and friendliness and really a general feeling of acceptance, everytime I visit people come and greet me and treat me really well. People in Libya are much warmer than people in the west, they are probably the nicest people in the world, and i can not begin to stress that enough.


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