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May 16, 2006

A New Friendship Between Lybia and the West

Tonight President Bush delivered a ho-hum speech on the issue of illegal immigration. While this remains the issue du jour, I have personally tired of it. For me, the most interesting and pleasing news of the day was that the US and Britain have reached a peaceful agreement with Lybia, a country that has long harbored and supported terrorism.

The result, Mr. Bush and Blair said, was that Libya agreed to disclose all its weapons of mass destruction and related programs and to open the North African country to international weapons inspectors to oversee their elimination.

Libya's most significant acknowledgment was that it had a program intended to enrich uranium for use in nuclear weapons, a senior Bush administration official said.

Apparently, the extent of the Lybian nuclear program was more advanced than had previously been thought, and that Lybia was close to developing these weapons.

Furthermore, Muammar Qaddafi has vouched to take a stand against terrorism. This news represents just one of the successes that President Bush has had in the global war on terror. Under President Bush, countries that have previously harbored and/or supported terrorism - such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, and now Lybia - have made dramatic changes to shun terrorism. I remain optimistc that Iraq will soon follow.

In light of the recent tensions between the US and Iran, this news should be considered very beneficial. It should serve to provide an example to Iran that cooperation is in everyone's best interests. This is a sentiment President Bush expressed, saying

"I hope that other leaders will find an example in Libya's announcement today. When leaders make the wise and responsible choice ... they serve the interest of their own people and they add to the security of all nations.
While President Bush' speech on immigration may be leading cable news and covering the headlines, this much more important story is going somewhat unnoticed.

Cross Posted at The Gentle Cricket and 123beta

Posted by Butch at May 16, 2006 9:42 AM

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