Rewarding Libya For Good Behavior
The U.S. and Britain are making good on their pledge to reward Libya for getting rid of weapons of mass destruction, ending support for terrorism, and coming clean on the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing in Lockerbie, Scotland, in the 1980s. On Mar. 23, Assistant Secretary of State William J. Burns became the highest-level U.S. official to meet with Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi in 24 years. U.S. officials may eventually lift sanctions on Tripoli if it makes progress in such areas as human rights. Meanwhile, British Prime Minster Tony Blair is expected in Libya on Mar. 25. The warming of relations between Libya and the two Western nations is intended to show rogue states the benefits of cooperating with the U.S. and its allies.