Wednesday 16 August 2017

Clown and criminal is more defiant than ever

The time for diplomacy is over -- it must be made clear that the objective in Libya is regime change, writes Amir Taheri

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gestures, as he is surrounded by members of the media, after a meeting with a delegation of five African leaders at his Bab al-Aziziyah compound in Tripoli this week
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gestures, as he is surrounded by members of the media, after a meeting with a delegation of five African leaders at his Bab al-Aziziyah compound in Tripoli this week

Amir Taheri

Today marks the 25th anniversary of what Colonel Muammar Gaddafi calls Yom al-Aza, or Day of Mourning. On April 15, 1986, American planes attacked the Libyan despot's hideout in the Bab Aziziah barracks in Tripoli.

Codenamed El Dorado Canyon, the air strikes followed the bombing on April 5, by Libyan agents, of a Berlin discotheque frequented by US soldiers in which three people were killed and 300 others injured.

El Dorado Canyon lasted only 12 minutes, and was followed by a message from the then US President Ronald Reagan: behave or there will be more.

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