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
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.