October 30, 1997
AWARDS FOR TERRORISTS!
Would you like to be awarded high honors by foreign countries? Perhaps you should try terrorism.
You know Nelson Mandela — president of South Africa, internationally revered icon, and Africa’s leading statesman.
And you know Moammar Gadhafi — long-time ruler of Libya, internationally despised madman, and sponsor of terrorism against the United States.
You may not know that Mandela and Gadhafi are close allies. In fact, Mandela has just bestowed his country’s highest honor for a foreigner on Gadhafi.
Mandela made his second visit within the last week to Libya on October 29th, to meet with Gadhafi and award him the Order of Good Hope. Prior to the award ceremony Mandela and Gadhafi walked hand-in-hand to a brief meeting in a tent.
Britain and the United States are still trying to force Libya to turn over two agents believed to be responsible for the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people. At yesterday’s ceremony Gadhafi told reporters that the request for extradition of the agents “makes us laugh.”
Mandela called the Libyans “our African brothers and sisters.”
Let’s see…Gadhafi wins the Order of Good Hope, Yasser Arafat wins the Nobel Peace Prize…we think we’re starting to see the road to glory.
Quote of the Day!
The rulers of the state are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad; they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state.
— Plato, “The Republic,” ca. 390 B.C.
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