Thomas von der Osten-Sacken from the German NGO “WADI” has been a consistent voice for liberty and democracy in the Middle East. I have stumbled across Thomas in Iraq and Qatar, but wish I had been able to accompany him during his latest work in Libya. He has begun publishing photos he took from a recent trip to Benghazi. Too often, critics accuse American advocates for freedom of cherry-picking or, at the very least, neglecting to realize their Arab interlocutors are only telling them what they want to here. Thomas is no American (and, frankly, doesn’t look American). Hence, all the pro-American symbolism in these photos and those yet unpublished but of which I had a preview is important.
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