Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced yesterday that the U.S. is restoring diplomatic relations with Libya, which had been severed since 1972 (U.S. Restores Diplomatic Ties to Libya) The entire embassy left the oil-rich Arab country after a mob set fire to the building in 1979. Rice says restoring relations was a logical flow since Libya renounced terrorism and disclosed its secret nuclear missile programs in 2003. In order to reach the decision, the U.S. had to agree not to investigate who gave orders to bomb Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, an attack which Libya accepted responsibility for executing. Rep. Tom Lantos of California said "that our country takes note of positive changes in behavior and is more than willing to reciprocate."
Who is benefiting from this decision? Is it an insult to victims in the 1988 Pan Am bombing, or is it a positive step towards peace? Was the agreement made to set an example to other "rogue states" and, if so, do you think it will have any effect on other countries with terrorist ties?
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