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Freedom for Sale

There some ugly business being transacted in the Philippines. It&#039s a three-way deal among a tiny band of Filipino Muslim extremists; Moammar Gadhafi, the Libyan strongman; and several major democratic governments. It goes like this: The extremist group, known as Abu Sayyaf, kidnaps Europeans and other foreigners and holds them in brutal conditions for months. Mr. Gadhafi agrees to intercede, paying millions of dollars in “development aid” to the hostage-takers in return for the hostages. Finally, France and Germany reward the erstwhile sponsor of international terrorism with official praise for his newly constructive role–which, to a dictator whose involvement in terror had earned him diplomatic isolation, is more valuable than gold. Full Story

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