Friday, July 18, 2008

What Strings Attached to US Compensation?

According to a recent poll, three out of five Americans oppose compensation. Those sentiments are hardly surprising given Tehran's strained relations with the West, and the United States in particular. Few have forgotten the destruction of the US Embassy in Iran. And many have suspected that Tehran played a role in the murder of 241 US soldiers in Beirut.In spite of significant public opposition, President Ronald Reagan has decided to pay compensation to families of those who died in the Iranian airliner mistakenly shot down by the USS Vincennes.However, his decision, perceived by many former top officials as the correct one, is raising another issue that is dividing the very same officials: Should compensation be linked to other goals?
Talb never offered a sensible answer. He simply denied that his wife had ever visited Cyprus or Warsaw. This is not the last time that he will not be able to explain the acting of his wife.
Looking Back in the Mirror - On Oct. 30, 1989, US government officials announced that Mohamed Abu Talb, a Palestinian being held on terrorism charges in Sweden, had admitted to investigators that between October and December 1988, he retrieved and passed to another person a bomb that had been hidden in a West German building used by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command. He would later retract his confession, without any apparent reason. Read full story

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