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Libyan Stagnation a Big Factor in Qaddafi Surprise

Since Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi proclaimed last month that Libya would rid itself of outlawed weapons, praise has been pouring in from world capitals, the Libyan press reports every day. Telegrams and phone calls from heads of state congratulate the “great leader” of Libya’s revolution for his visionary decision, a potentially transforming step for a state that made itself a pariah in the 1980’s, blazing a path of terrorism across Europe. In 1986 its actions prompted a bombing by the Reagan administration. Two years later a Libyan attack brought down Pan Am Flight 103 over the village of Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people, most of them Americans. Full Story

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