From a speech by Robert B. Oakley, ambassador at large for counterterrorism, at the U.S. Conference of Mayors at San Juan on Monday: edtext What has been the result of the United States' limited use of force in self-defense against Libya on April 15 ? First, a marked reduction in Gadhafi-supported terrorism, apparently due to internal Libyan disarray, the compromise of Libya's external terror network, and the tighter controls placed upon Libyan activities all around the world. . . .
Second, absence of strong negative reaction which some had feared from other Arab governments or from the U.S.S.R. The former have showed little sympathy and no tangible support for Gadhafi. The latter's words have been strongly supportive but its military support has been zero.
Third, a sudden recognition by European and other governments of the serious dangers posed by international terrorism. . . .
Actions to make Gadhafi understand he must pay an increasing price for supporting terrorism have now been taken by 14 of the 15 governments who participated in the European Community and Tokyo summit meetings, Greece being the only exception. The specific actions vary from country to country, but we can draw two conclusions about them.
First, they are unquestionably having a significant direct political and economic impact upon Libya and seem to be having an indirect but also appreciable impact on other governments which support terrorism; second, they represent an unprecedentedcollective effort to combat terrorism . . .