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Ali is a HERO!!

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Submitted by Nick B. (United States), Nov 29, 2005 at 19:55

Perhaps those of you who are so quick to damn Ali for his actions during Vietnam should take into consideration his actions as a hostage negotiator. In 1986, at the request of Vice President George Bush (maybe you've heard of him), Muhammad Ali ventured into the Middle East to negotiate the release of 5 hostages.

"It is noteworthy that Vice President Bush asked famous boxer Muhammad Ali to journey to the Middle East and plea for the release of the hostages. Ali, a hero among most Muslims, agreed, and made more than one visit to Beirut and other Middle Eastern locales to meet with a number of business and government officials to win the release of the hostages."

http://www.iraqtimeline.com/1986.html

One hostage was sadly tortured to death despite Ali's efforts to give you some sense of the gravity of the situation, but another - Jeremy Levin - was released entirely due to Ali's efforts. My recollection was that Ali personally escorted the surviving 4 out of the Middle East.

"Go tell whoever you've got to tell: Release these men in the name of God." -- Muhammad Ali
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