By Colum Lynch
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 17, 2007; Page A14
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 16 — Libya and Vietnam were elected overwhelmingly on Tuesday to serve two-year terms on the U.N. Security Council, marking the diplomatic revival of two of the United States’ former Cold War enemies, and raising the possibility of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi one day presiding over the world’s premier security body.
The vote in the U.N. General Assembly showed how much the ideological map has been redrawn at the United Nations since the Cold War, when U.S. troops battled communist forces in Vietnam and U.S. fighter jets bombed Tripoli in retaliation for Libya’s 1986 attack that killed two Americans at a Berlin nightclub frequented by U.S. servicemen.