Ronald Reagan's Secretary of State George Schultz denied entry to Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat in 1988 over his jihadi ties. Schultz drew the line despite global outrage from Arafat's enablers. And Heritage Foundation analyst Nile Gardiner points out that under Article IV of the 1947 agreement, approved by the U.N. General Assembly, "the United States retains full control and authority over the entry of persons or property into the territory of the United States and the conditions under which persons may remain or reside there."
Gadhafi feigned the renunciation of terrorism during the George W. Bush years while pursuing weapons purchases from Iran, chemical warfare stockpiles and almost certain jihadi underwriting activities. In Italy last week, the stubbornly unrehabilitated Libyan dictator blamed American "arrogance and disdain" for generating "the terrorism which they now suffer."
Barack Obama promised not to deliver another four years of Bush policies. The Bush State Department granted visas to America-bashing autocrats Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But instead of bringing an end to the dictator welcome wagon, Obama's feckless bureaucrats at Foggy Bottom are scurrying to accommodate Gadhafi's camping trip while respecting the "raw sensitivities" of the Lockerbie victims' families.
Cape May, N.J., resident Susan Cohen, whose 20-year-old daughter died over Lockerbie, cut through the diplomatic bull. "This is what happens when you have the path of appeasement," she told the press this week.
It is a path paved with blood, tears, lies and craven obeisance to "world opinion" at the expense of American innocents.
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