Friday, September 12, 2008

Tying up loose ends

Condoleeza Rice visited Tripoli on Sep 5 in the process to normalize bilateral ties between the US and Libya. What led to this visit was a remarkable agreement reached earlier in August.

The US-Libyan agreement established a mechanism to compensate the Lockerbie and La Belle disco victims of Libyan state-sponsored-terrorism. It also included a provision to compensate the Libyan victims of the US counterstrike on Libya, in response to the La Belle disco attack. This puts the actions of Gaddafi and the US counterstrike on Libya on an equal footing. That is a high moral price to pay for normalization of relations. Now let us wait for a US-OBL agreement to compensate the victims of 9/11 and the victims of the resulting US strikes on Al-Qaeda. Because the principle is the same.

This leads to the question, is the Bush administration in a hurry to tie up loose ends before the end of this presidency?

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