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U.S. Retaliatory Raid on Libya

April 20, 1986

What have we accomplished with this act of violence?

1--The threat of terrorism looms greater now than before forinnocent people around the world.

2--The Libyan people are more united as a group, and Kadafi will acquire more support as anti-U.S. sentiment grows.

3--We have alienated ourselves from our allies, who had made clear their opposition to U.S. military action against Libya.

These are the costs that we pay for the feeling of "satisfaction" that we allegedly gain by retaliating militarily for past humiliation.

The United States has shown to the world that it will flex its muscle before it flexes its brain. What other costs will be paid for this tragedy?

ANNE NAGAMOTO

Santa Monica

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