Bove From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 523 times:
Libya under the iron hand of Muammar Gaddafi has been responsible for a lot of terrorist acts in the past, most recently the downing of the UTA DC10 over Chad in 1989.
Admittedly, the US Government has been too quick to point the finger at Libya for things it had nothing to do with, particularly the famed Berlin disco bombing in 1986 which resulted in US airstrikes killing innocents in Tripoli.
Now Gaddafi is keen to cast himself as the elder statesman and a key proponent of the African Union. And, let's face it, Libya is one of the few countries to rein in islamic fundamentalism and remain avowedly secular (however repressive). Something that is not true for 90% of the Arab world. Not to mention the generally high standard of living in Libya.
Virgina340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 498 times:
Yeah He's a real prince alright. Personally I'd like to be the one to witness a cargo 747 with bombs go right into his bedroom window and up his ass. He and his cronies has the habit of blowing people up so give him a taste of his own medicine.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 489 times:
Assuming that what we see (or don't see) is true, and that Libya has not engaged in any terrorism over the past decade or more, I would support a subtle easing of sanctions (not their wholesale elimination however) against the country. Consider it "On probation". After all, we did return some form of legitimacy to Arafat, and it would be inconsistant not to do the same for Quadafi - assuming that he makes the correct promises not to start again, and that there is no evidence to show that he is breaking that promise.
I think the Western world has to show that it is willing to consider a change in attitude and behaviour as cause for reciprical changes in policy. If it does not, rogue states have no incentive to "straighten up and fly right", and will continue down a path of no return.