August 23, 2011 |
A large, half-packed suitcase on the floor of Salem Farhani's house showed just how fast he and his family bolted from their home - which had the bad fortune to be located within Moammar Kadafi's Bab Azizia compound. Inside the once-feared residential and leadership complex, the base that allowed Kadafi and his most trusted lieutenants to menace this country of 6 million for decades, rebels and ordinary Libyans pillaged and plundered. Some were rummaging through Farhani's home in search of valuables, others were snatching the thousands of weapons and ammunition stashed throughout the area.
August 31, 1986 |
Maj. Abdel-Salam Jalloud, Libya's second in command, challenged the Reagan Administration on Saturday to furnish details on planned Libyan terrorist action so that Libya can "abort such attacks and apprehend the individuals" to avoid a confrontation with the United States. Though generally conciliatory in tone, Jalloud's comments to a group of journalists were punctuated with defiance along with vows to drag Europe into any battle if Libya is attacked.
August 22, 2011 |
Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. weighed in on the crumbling of the Kadafi regime in Libya. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article and its headline incorrectly said that Moammar Kadafi's regime has fallen. Kadafi has not given up power. Rick Perry: "The crumbling of Muammar Ghadafi's reign, a violent, repressive dictatorship with a history of terrorism, is cause for cautious celebration. The lasting impact of events in Libya will depend on ensuring rebel factions form a unified, civil government that guarantees personal freedoms, and builds a new relationship with the West where we are allies instead of adversaries.
May 25, 2011 |
President Obama on Wednesday promised a relentless fight to help the people of Libya but reminded a European audience that there are limits to what the United States will do to help. After a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama spoke of "inherent limits" on the U.S. airstrike operation, and emphasized the importance of the Libyan people fighting for their own liberty. "We will not relent until the people of Libya are protected and the shadow of tyranny is lifted," Obama told a gathering of the British Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.
September 2, 2003 |
In another bid by Libya to buy its way out from under U.N. sanctions, a Libyan charity on Monday offered to increase payments to the families of those killed when a French airplane exploded over the Niger desert in 1989. The unspecified cash settlements were likely to mollify France and could clear the path for the lifting of international sanctions.
March 18, 2011 |
Reporting from Sacramento -- John R. Bolton, the former ambassador to the United Nations who is weighing a presidential run in 2012, accused President Obama on Friday of failing to address threats to U.S. national security and called the administration's approach to the crisis in Libya "pathetic. " Hours after the president warned that the United Nations was ready to launch a military strike to defend the Libyan people if their leader Moammar Kadafi did not halt his attacks on civilians and pull back from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi and three other cities, Bolton cast the president as indecisive, inconsistent and uninterested in foreign policy.
April 23, 2011 |
In the think-tank argot popular in foreign policy circles, "mission creep" is an idiom for one of the garden-variety mistakes most people were warned against at their mother's knee. Think "don't throw good money after bad" and you've pretty well got the essence of the thing. Predictably, though, mission creep is what's occurring in Libya. Each halting step the United States and its NATO allies take deeper into a morass none of them really understands makes it more likely that this ill-considered intervention will end in precisely the event it set out to prevent: Moammar Kadafi's massacre of his political opponents.
March 4, 2011 |
He remembers the desperate pleas of the men at the gallows as they were about to be hanged. Their faces were hidden by black hoods. A man at the podium declared the two had acted against Col. Moammar Kadafi, who had just taken over as leader of Libya. "'We didn't do anything, we didn't do anything,'" he remembers the two men pleading. "'Oh, God. We are not guilty.' And then they started reciting the Koran. " That was four decades years ago, and Anwar Magariaf, who would grow up to become a devoted militant against Kadafi, was perhaps 11 years old. He began to cry. "Kadafi started killing us from the day he came to power," the dissident said.
May 6, 1986 |
President Reagan and French President Francois Mitterrand went to unusual lengths today to patch up their relationship, which has been especially strained since France refused to allow American F-111 warplanes to fly through its airspace on their way to last month's bombing raid of Libya. "Let this be the first day of the rest of our lives," Reagan told Mitterrand in a private meeting at the residence of U.S. ambassador to Japan Mike Mansfield.
February 23, 2011 |
WASHINGTON ? In his first public comments on the Libyan crisis, President Obama said Wednesday his administration is preparing "the full range of options" to respond and condemned the government's "outrageous and unacceptable" suppression of its citizens' rights. Without offering specific details, Obama said the United States would study "accountability measures" it might take unilaterally or in cooperation with allies and multinational organizations. Obama said the actions of the Libyan government "violate international norms and every standard of common decency," and called for violence to stop immediately.