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Change of Heart

A sign of the times:

British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in the Libyan capital of Tripoli Thursday for a historical visit to the country, the first trip to the North African country by a British prime minister since World War Two.

If you'll recall, other events in Libya's history under Ghadafy include:

A war with Chad.

The German disco bombing.

The "Line of Death" across the Gulf of Sidra.

The Pam Am Lockerbee bombing.

Attempted fighter strikes on Italy and US warships in international waters.

Stockpiled forbidden chemical weapons, and worked with the Soviets on nuclear weapons.

And since the Coalition liberated Iraq last April? From the same article:

August 2003 -- The Libyan government officially accepts to takefull responsibility for Lockerbie and asks the United Nations to lift the 11-year sanctions as soon as Libya reaches accords with Britain and the United States. Libya also agrees to pay 2.7 billion US dollars to the relatives of the bombing victims after the sanctions are lifted.

Feb. 6, 2004 -- British and US high-ranking officials hold talks with Libyan officials in London on dismantling Libya's banned weapons programs, improving the US-Libyan relations and lifting US sanctions against Libya.

Feb. 9, 2004 -- Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel-Rahman Shalqam visits Britain, the first Libyan foreign minister to travel to Britain after Gadhafi took office in 1969.

March 25, 2004 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair visits Libya, the first trip to the North African country by a British prime minister since World War Two.

It's all just a big, fat coincidence. Move along, there's nothing to see here.