Sunday, February 13

LIBYAN DISSIDENT FATHI ELJAHMI'S FATE DRAWS U.S. INTEREST

An OpinionJournal piece in this morning's edition of WSJ.com (registration required) points to the plight of jailed Libyan dissident Fathi Eljahmi and growing U.S. and international efforts to lobby Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi (a Ward Churchill acquaintance, I should add) for medical treatment for Eljahmi, if not outright release. More telling in this editorial is the mounting speculation that the Bush Administration's good fortune in successfully pressuring Gadhafi to cease and desist from developing weapons of mass destruction may be shortlived. As the Wall Street Journal speculates, one may legitimately ask whether Gadhafi's pro-terror, pro-WMD programs are dead or merely dormant. To its credit, the WSJ editorial team surmises that President Bush, with the grand theme of freedom still resonating from his stirring Second Inaugural Address, will not let Fathi Eljahmi go down the memory hole in the interests of placating Gadhafi and even the president's own State Department.