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10/26/2004

Libya

David Ignatius has an important op-ed in today's Washington Post. It was nice to get Libya to open up parts of its WMD facilities, but the full throated Bush embrace of Qadaffi seriously undermines his standing as a democracy promotin' human rights crusader.

By touting Gaddafi's supposed conversion, the Bush administration has given him powerful political ammunition. "This is a new lease on life for the regime," says Ashur Shamis, a Libyan opposition journalist based in London who broke the assassination story in January. "Gaddafi interprets it as a climb-down by the U.S. and Britain in his favor," he says. "He is no longer under any pressure to make political changes at home."
Bush loves to talk about the international power of political words. What message is he sending to the world by averting his eyes from Libya's attempt to assassinate Crown Prince Abdullah? The Nov. 1 Newsweek has an update on the assassination attempt

 

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