Monday, June 07, 2004
Everyone around the world, it seems, including his former enemies, has nice things to say about Ronald Reagan. But there is one region where the old sayings "don't say bad things about dead people" and "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it all" don't stand a chance:
"The Reagan years marked the beginning of what Lebanon's culture minister, Ghazi Aridi, called a 'bad era' of American Mideast policy that he said continues to this day.Some people are just never happy.
"Political analyst and former Syrian ambassador to the United Nations Haitham al-Kilani agreed. 'Reagan's role was bad for the Arab-Israeli conflict and was specifically against Syria. He was the victim of the Israeli right wing that was, and still is, dominating the White House,' al-Kilani said.
"Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said he was sorry that Reagan died without standing trial for 1986 air strikes he ordered that killed Gadhafi's adopted daughter and 36 other people... 'I express my deep regret because Reagan died before facing justice for his ugly crime that he committed in 1986 against the Libyan children,' Libya's official JANA news agency quoted Gadhafi as saying Sunday."