The Daily Spectrum from Saint George, Utah on April 20, 1986 · 6
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6 Spectrum Sunday, April 20, 1986 United States bombing raid on Libya has long-term risks by Matthew C. Oulnn WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Reagan has without doubt shown the world he is serious about using military action to thwart international terrorism, but his order to bomb Libya carries with it long-term risks. State Department officials say it is too early to assess the lasting foreign policy impact of Monday night's lightning strike on five targets in two Libyan cities. Much depends, they say, on whether it is the beginning or the end of a round of tit-for-tat U.S.Libyan violence. Robert Hunter, director of European studies at Georgetown University's Center for Strategic and International Studies, called the impact of the raid positive "in terms of what the administration had to show the American people." "In terms of demonstrating that as a superpower there's limits to our patience, it's a positive," said Hunter, who directed European and Middle Eastern policy on the Carter administration National Security Council. "In regard to the Europeans it's a minor negative. In regard to the Arab world, it's a minor negative. In regard to terrorism, it's a minor negative unless we do the right things now, in which case it will be maybe a wash." The immediate risk from the raids, ordered by Reagan in retaliation for international terrorism directed by Libya's leader Moammar Khadafy, is a round of bloody terrorist attacks on Americans. One of three Westerners killed in Lebanon following the raids was identified Friday as Peter Kilburn, librarian at the American University in Beirut who had been held hostage by Lebanese extremists for more than a year. The administration has also been criticized by its European allies for being trigger-happy without exhausting diplomatic solutions to solve py! Ioblems with Libya. Arab nations have expressed solidarity with Khadafy, although they usually keep their distance. The Soviet Union canceled a top-level meeting scheduled for next Monday to plan for the next superpower summit, raising doubts about whether the meeting between Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev will be held at all. Vietnam suspended talks with the United States on the fate of missing American soldiers. "We did what we wanted to do and I think on the whole the results taking a balance are very positive," Secretary of State George Shultz said last week. But the jury is still out on the long-term impact. For one thing, it remains unclear whether Khadafy himself will survive the attack. Administration officials reported an aborted coup attempt in the days following the raids and Khadafy's hold on power has been called into question. The big question is whether Khadafy will be in a position to continue his holy war of terrorism against the United States. Another question is whether the Soviet Union will become more influential in Libya with a larger military presence, making future U.S. attacks on Khadafy riskier. Hunter said that for Reagan to limit damage from the raid to relations with the Arab world, he must act quickly to get Arab-Israeli peace negotiations back on track. But there are no signs that is in the cards; the administration has failed in that task to date and the fallout from the raid makes it much more difficult for moderate Arab states to negotiate with Israel. Hunter said the Arab nations "have to condemn us. But behind the scenes most of them are saying, 'Glad you did it but we're just sorry you didn't finish the job,'" he said. Hunter said the raid demonstrated to Saudi Arabia, worried about a spillover from the Iran-Iraq war, that "there are occasions when we might defend them." "But there is also a long-range downside. This is the first time we have attacked an Arab state. It will be represented by enemies of the United States as American against the Arabs, America against Islam," he said. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's power in the most populous Arab state was already tenuous, especially after the Achille Lauro hijacking last year where his close relationship with Washington was a liability at home. "No one particular thing is going to lead to his being overthrown," Hunter said, "but I would put this in the negative column." Hunter said that despite European criticism, the raids will probably not have a signifiant impact on the fundamental interests in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, although the issue will be a "net negative" in U.S. -European relations. The issue could well spill over into other spheres, leading to more European criticism of U.S. policy on such issues as the Middle East and Central America, "and at the same time less American willingess to listen to European criticism," Hunter said. Reagan will press U.S. allies for joint solution to terrorism WASHINGTON (UPI) - President Reagan, almost universally criticized by allies for the U.S. raid against Libya, will press them for a joint solution to terrorism when the leaders of the industrialized world meet in Tokyo in May. Though economic issues are sup; posed to pack the agenda at each year's Summit of Industrialized Nations, international terrorism will most likely become the critical topic now more urgent after Monday's lightning strike at the May 4-6 sev en-nation conference. Administration officials said last week Reagan will seek a "collective action" resolution on terrorism from the summit participants nearly all of whom condemned the bombings of the Libyan capital of Tripoli and the eastern port city of Benghazi. The only vocal support for the U.S. action, taken in retribution for the April 5 bombing of a West Berlin disco in which one U.S. serviceman was killed, came from Canada, Israel and Britain. Child abuse prevention comic strip sponsored by SG Exchange Club British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher agreed to the U.S. request that American F-lll jets based in her country be used in the raid and she staunchly defended that decision as helping a friend take measures in self-defense. France would not agree to permit the F-llls to fly through its airspace, forcing the jets to take a 5,000-mile roundabout route to its targets in Libya. The week before the raid, Reagan dispatched veteran troubleshooter Vernon Walters to a mission to Europe to calm jittery allies about the pending U.S. military action. ST.GEORGE Child abuse hurts everyone. Child abuse prevention is a major issue of interest for the National Exchange Club and the local chapter. Child abuse is a problem in southern Utah, and the St. George Exchange Club is vitally concerned. Awareness of the problem of child abuse is half the solution. 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