Basking in its two-year-old rapprochement with the West, Libya boasts that this year its commemorations for Washington's deadly 1986 air strikes on its main cities will be joined by Western stars.
Veteran U.S. soul singer Lionel Ritchie and Spanish tenor Jose Carreras are among the acts that Libya says will be performing in the capital in the early hours of Saturday, exactly 20 years after U.S. warplanes flying out of British bases hit their targets, killing at least 40 people.
Lionel, I know it takes a lot of money to feed your daughter, but are you really this desperate? Accepting cash from a lapsed terrorist regime (one whose human rights record remains suspect) places you alongside "Surreal Life" cast members on the dignity scale.
Which reminds me ... This kid I knew -- white boy with glasses -- performed a stage version of "Hello" for our annual middle school talent show. Somehow he convinced a female classmate to portray the blind chick, and he assumed the Lionel Ritchie role, just like the video.
It was perhaps the funniest thing I've ever witnessed. I'm sure it still haunts him, in the middle of the night, alone with his thoughts ...