St. Paul teacher, students recall letter from Gadhafi

  • Article by: KRISTIN TILLOTSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 4, 2011 - 3:22 PM

A memorable 1986 correspondence between Libya's dictator and local second-graders resonates once again.

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dorkeemnMar. 5, 11 6:34 AM

How about showing us the full text of the letter?

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Virus1Mar. 5, 11 9:08 AM

This paper (website) is almost unreadable...how foolish to write a story about a letter then not show the text of the letter....Journalism 101

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asdfjklsemMar. 5, 1110:07 AM

Where's the letter? Why did I read this?

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cosmicwxdudeMar. 5, 1110:50 AM

Nice story strib...um, where's the beef?

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jnkoMar. 5, 1111:38 AM

I'm sorry but I can't stop laughing at the Colonel's response.

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ggreupnerMar. 5, 1112:05 PM

Thanks for the story. It helps to put into context the unstable nature of the Colonel and highlights what must have been a very interesting time for some young students.

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merkeyMar. 5, 1112:58 PM

Was it just a comment back and forth? Sounds like a tweet before it's time.

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baseball91Mar. 5, 11 3:50 PM

It is the rest of the story that bears some mention, if you are going to publish this story. In the past two weeks, Libya's former Justice Minister Mustafa Mohamed Abud Jalil defected and revealed that Gadafi personally ordered the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, in 1988, which killed 270 people over Lockerbie, Scotland. All in retaliation for the May 986 bombing of Tripoli by the United States. The failure to mention this fact is quite an oversight.

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mangeloMar. 5, 11 4:03 PM

The lame reporting shows why newspapers are going broke? Where is the letter? How about an explanation to the effect that President Reagan was protecting our country from this tyrant in Libya?

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SisterYosraMar. 5, 11 4:28 PM

Asalamu Alaykom, This is an interesting story and I commend a fellow teacher for utlizing a teachable moment. I would have liked to have seen the full text from Presdidents Ghadafi and Reagan. I also think it would have been interesting to think if a current project of writing to dictators would garner the same results. Would the medium have been the same? Or would it have been an email? A Facebook posting? So much has changed. Time for Ghadafi to change too (by stepping down).

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