The Barbary Pirates at the Security Council

Our UN and the latter-day Barbary Pirates:

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Libya, once a pariah of the West, took a giant stride back to global respectability when it was elected along with four other countries on Tuesday to a two-year term on the United Nations Security Council…

The United States, which had used its influence to foil previous Libyan attempts in 1995 and 2000 to win a coveted seat on the powerful council, took no similar action this year, diplomats from other countries said.

This is apparently a reward for finally releasing five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who were held captive since 1999, and tortured into ‘confessing’ that they had deliberately infected Libyan children with AIDS, despite the fact that this was clearly impossible. The nurses and doctor were tried and condemned to death, finally being ransomed in July of this year:

The release follows a deal under which the families of the infected children will reportedly receive compensation of about US$1 million each. The deal also calls for stronger economic and political ties between the European Union and Libya, as well as health aid to Libyan children infected with HIV. — Center for Nursing Advocacy, update on the Benghazi Six

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