Monday 23 January 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

Amir Taheri

Published 15/04/2011 | 05:00

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

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.

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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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