Friday, September 2, 2011


It's quite a spectacle in Paris, with world leaders gathering to greet the Libyan National Transition Council. President Sarkozy is the master of ceremonies, and deserves his moment of glory. Oddly, though, not much has been made of one irony of the situation. The head of the CNT, Mustafa Mohammed Abdel Jalil, is also the judge, who as president of the appellate court of Tripoli, twice confirmed the death sentence against the Bulgarian nurses. And it was of course the liberation of the Bulgarian nurses that got Sarkozy his first moment of glory back in 2007.

To be sure, Abdel Jalil has earned praise from Human Rights Watch since then. Which only goes to prove that things change, and the new government in Libya might not turn out to be what so many hope it will be. As Yogi Berra said, "It's hard to make predictions, especially about the future."