Tuesday, July 24, 2007

How to become Europe's friend

The six Bulgarian medics accused of deliberately infecting children in Libya with the HIV virus have been released. The BBC has reported more details of the release and it comes as little surprise that if someone wants something from Europe, the best way to do so is to hold European citizens hostage. The charges were obviously trumped up but was a convenient way for Libya to get trading and other concessions out of Europe. Nice work if you can get it.

What does this signal to Iran and North Korea? Threaten, kidnap and bully and you get everything you want.

1 comment:

Neil said...

Hey -- I just logged in to comment on this! But you pretty much said it before I could. It is indeed a disgrace and, as Libyan human rights advocates are pointing out, it doesn't at all change the fact that thousands of dissidents have been imprisoned or executed in that country. A limited bombing run over Tripoli would have been faster, cheaper and much more beneficial to Western prestige.