Letting Bygones Be Bygones

One day last week attitudes toward General Mohammed Farrah Aidid suddenly changed.

JUNE 14: "He's no hero. He's basically a thug." -- JOE SNYDER, STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN

JUNE 14: "He's basically a thug." -- U.N. AMBASSADOR MADELEINE ALBRIGHT

JULY 15: "A terrorist and a criminal ... " -- ADMIRAL JONATHAN HOWE, U.S.N. (RET.), U.N. REPRESENTATIVE, SOMALIA

OCT. 11: "The thug Aidid stands in the way of peace." -- U.N. LEAFLET DROPPED OVER MOGADISHU BY U.S. HELICOPTERS

OCT. 19: "He's a clan leader with a substantial constituency in Somalia ... " -- DEE DEE MYERS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY

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