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Another Triumph of Engagement?

Libya.  Why take human rights seriously when congressmen line up to have dialogue and their picture taken with the great leader, or his “reformist” son?  Of course, Fathi El-Jahmi also remains in prison.  No Congressmen or Columbia University professors, and few think tank analysts, make their visit conditional on his release.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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