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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 13, 2011 9 Nissan, 5771

One man's revolution is another's political expediency

By Dana Milbank




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Ali Aujali, until recently Moammar Gaddafi's man in Washington, is impressively agile.

Eighteen months ago, he penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal defending the adulatory welcome in Libya for the man convicted in the Pam Am 103 bombing. Aujali said there was evidence the terrorist was "an innocent man," and argued: "Those who have followed events more closely will know that Libya has a strong record of opposing terrorism."

On Monday, Aujali wore a pre-Gaddafi Libyan flag on his lapel and carried a rather different set of talking points to the American Enterprise Institute, where he sat next to his new ally, Bush Pentagon official Paul Wolfowitz. "It is a terrorist regime," Aujali said of Gaddafi. "From the history of Gaddafi since '69, you know how much the Americans are the first to suffer from Gaddafi, from La Belle [the Berlin nightclub bombed], UTA [the French airliner bombed], from Pan Am. If he stays behind, believe me, you will see more than you have ever seen."

When Gaddafi ran afoul of world opinion in February, Aujali resigned as ambassador and positioned himself as the envoy of the opposition. His sudden change of opinion about Gaddafi raises the obvious question of why he served the regime for four decades. Aujali argued that he secretly opposed the regime all along, though he served it without complaint and operated as one of its most prominent mouthpieces. He had hoped that Gaddafi would "turn a little bit to the people," he said, but "I don't think I achieved my goals."

Another explanation would be that Aujali decided, with U.S. bombs about to fall on Libya, that his future will be brighter if he is not seen as Gaddafi's representative in Washington. But Wolfowitz, Aujali's host at AEI, seemed to embrace the benign account. "As far as I'm concerned he is still the ambassador of Libya, the real Libya," he said.

Of course, Wolfowitz and his colleagues greeted Ahmed Chalabi, Curveball and the Iraqi opposition with similar credulity, thereby overestimating the strength of the resistance to Saddam Hussein. It is less than certain that appearing with Wolfowitz will help Aujali make his case that the Libyan opposition should be recognized and armed.

Aujali is in a tough spot, as are other Washington ambassadors from suddenly upended regimes in the region. The Egyptian ambassador and the Tunisian ambassador both deftly kept their jobs through revolutions. But Aujali went further, and he is campaigning - in the pages of The Post, at the National Press Club and at AEI -- for the demise of his former colleagues.

To that end, he assured the AEI audience that extremists and Islamists will never control the opposition in Libya ("there is no way!"), and that while there are "some al-Qaeda" in Libya, "they are not part of the uprising."

But, given his record, can Aujali be believed?

In 2009, he argued that "we have been one of the West's key partners in … interdicting extremists on their way to Iraq to attack U.S. forces." But at AEI on Monday, he said Gaddafi "wanted to make a Saddam Hussein statue in Libya," adding that Gaddafi allowed Libyans to go to Iraq to fight Americans. "If he didn't want these people to go, he could stop them," Aujali said.

Two years ago, Aujali wrote to the Washington Times that Libya's government "is manifested in popular representation and direct democracy" and that, "In Libya, the people rule." At AEI he said: "During the last 40 years there was no way for the people to participate in the government."

In an April 2009 letter to the New York Times, he said that "human rights are an issue that we in Libya are working hard to improve," reminding Americans of their own "travesties of Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib." At AEI, he drew a parallel between suffering under Gaddafi and Adolf Hitler, suggesting that Germany's support for the Libyan people was based on shared experience.

Before the bombs fell, Aujali frequently defended Gaddafi's honor. "Unlike the West, our Islamic and Arabic traditions prohibit us from insulting our leaders," he said once. At AEI, Aujali accused Gaddafi of "blackmail" and said he "is involved in terrorist action from east to west and north to south."

"For more than 41 years," Aujali said, "unfortunately there is nothing for us to be proud about for what happened to Libya during this time under Gaddafi."

That's true. But does he believe it himself?

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Previously:



04/11/11: Shutdown theatrics
04/06/11: Paul Ryan's irresponsible budget
04/05/11: Robots in Congress? Yes, we replicant!
04/04/11: Robert Gibbs, Facebook and the White House corporate placement service
04/01/11: Haley Barbour, the fat cats' candidate
03/31/11: Republican freshmen in House shut down compromise, and possibly the government
03/30/11: Coburn and Durbin, the dynamic duo of the debt crisis
03/28/11: The Obama doctrine: A gray area the size of Libya
03/24/11: Dems as Weiners
03/23/11: Obama's quick trip from tyrant to weakling
03/17/11: Who's afraid of Elizabeth Warren?
03/15/11: The underwear flap over Bradley Manning
03/10/11: In Senate's debt debate, talk isn't cheap
03/09/11: With Obama's new Gitmo policy, Administration officials had some 'splainin to do
03/02/11: Issa press aide scandal is like bad reality TV
02/25/11: Jay Carney: Mouthpiece for an inscrutable White House
02/14/11: The Donald trumps the pols at CPAC
02/09/11: Arianna Huffington's ideological transformation


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