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Gaddafi 'Meddling' in Africa

Despite Moammar Gaddafi’s efforts to gain international legitimacy, the Libyan leader remains active in conflicts across Africa, usually on the side of leaders who are pariahs to the rest of the world. Gaddafi’s adventures are not in the same category as his government’s support for international terrorist organizations, especially those that pose a direct threat to the United States. But U.S. and European officials say his ability to use his country’s oil wealth to project influence around the African continent is irksome and dangerous. “If it were anywhere but Africa where he was meddling, we would scream bloody murder,” said a former U.S. official who dealt with Libya. “Because it’s Africa, we tend to shrug and let it go.” Even as the Bush administration welcomed Libya’s statement yesterday accepting responsibility for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, it expressed concern over Gaddafi’s African designs. Full Story

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