Mercy, then, makes rulers not only more honoured, but safer, and is at the same time the glory of sovereign power and its surest protection. For why is it that kings have grown old and have handed on their thrones to children and grandchildren, while tyrants' sway is accursed and short? What difference is there between a tyrant and a king (for they are alike in the mere outward show of fortune and extent of power), except that tyrants are cruel to serve their pleasure, kings only for a reason and by necessity?
Reagan Dies, without Facing trial
Arabs: Reagan Presidency "Bad Era" for Arab Just Causes
Tripoli - The former American President Ronald Reagan, who died last Saturday, will be remembered in Libya as the "Cowboy" who ordered hundreds of aircraft to bomb sleeping children in Libyan cities during the early hours of 15 April 1986. Many people were killed and injured, including Al-Qathafi's 14-month old daughter.
The Leader of the Revolution Muammar Al-Qathafi expressed regret that Reagan died before facing trial for his actions in that year.
He told the Libyan news agency JANA on Sunday "I express my deep regret that Reagan died before facing justice for his ugly crime that he committed in 1986 against the Libyan children."
However, Al-Qathafi is not alone in looking back on Reagan's presidency as an era of injustice within the United States itself, especially against the African American minority, and an era of aggression abroad.
...The record of the Reagan presidency includes also the killing fields of Nicaragua, the invasion Grenada, Iran-Contra gate, to name a few.
"Reagan, like Bush 43, technically served in the military yet studiously avoided combat. Both men were physically robust, intellectually inadequate, poorly traveled former governors renowned for stabbing friends on the back -- Reagan when he named names during McCarthyism. Both appointed former generals as secretaries of state and enemies of the environment to head the Department of the Interior. Both refused to read detailed briefings, worked short hours, behaved erratically in public appearances, ducked questions about sordid pasts, and relied on Christianist (the radical right equivalent of Islamist) depictions of foes as "evil" and America, invariably embodied by himself and the Republicans, as "good". Based on intelligence as phony as that floated to justify the war against Iraq, Reagan bombed Muslim Libya."
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