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    American Diplomacy in Benghazi


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     delimansc is a dual citizen of the United States and Libya. While visiting Libya, he saw young children tossing around a makeshift pie tin outside his balcony and decided to toss down a Frisbee that they can play with instead. While watching the children play with the plastic Frisbee, he was reminded of how a simple foreign object can help people in many ways. He says the situation in Libya is quite tedious, especially after the recent civil war. In his essay, he explains why America should continue to commit to the growth of Libya.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Today I tossed a Frisbee that I had brought from America off my balcony in Benghazi.  Surely the kids of Benghazi have tossed their fair share of saucers and pie tins.  When given the right tools however, they can quickly prove more skillful than even their teacher...as I found out quickly.


    A crowd of kids shortly gathered to watch and try their own hand in tossing around a real American Frisbee.


    If we can stretch our imaginations just a little and consider this Frisbee to be the skills, desires, and wishes that we hold dear in America and wish to spread into the open and awaiting arms of all of Libyans....


    Then it is clear that the Libyans simply need the right tools...and for a very short time....the right teachers...to help both Libya and America rebuild themselves.


    Libya has the money and America has the tools and skills to build a two way street that can be, and will, be nothing but mutually beneficial.


    Libyans, young and old, simply need the right tools, a friend, and a street clear of raw sewage to take the American ball and run with it.


    If we can see the car bombing that occurred yesterday in Benghazi  or the shopping center explosion of today as the raw sewage preventing this convergence of sportsmanship...it is clear that not only American wastewater experts are needed, but also American police, American teachers, American engineers, American health professionals, and every other imaginable American worker now being "furllowed" or laid off in America...to come to Benghazi and be the Frisbee.


    Like always, just give Benghazi the chance to lead and the rest of Libya will surely follow once the possibility for success has been proven in Benghazi...but not a minute before.

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