The Shotgun Blog
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Still Qaddafi After All These Years
Mad dogs and Englishmen.
The Justice Secretary said he originally wanted Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi omitted from the agreement, but relented and agreed the bomber should be eligible.
He said the Libyans deserved "something" in return for giving up their nuclear weapons programme but vehemently denied striking a "backdoor deal" over Megrahi.
Shortly after the reversal of Britain's stance, a multi-billion pound oil exploration deal between Libya and BP was rubberstamped.
Mr Straw insisted on Sunday that the disclosures were a "red herring" as Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish justice minister, made the final decision on Megrahi's release.
Sigh. There is cynicism in British politics, and then there's Gordon Brown's government. The Colonel, on the other hand, has been doing this kind of thing for decades.
But if the world thought the colonel had changed his views after 40 years in power, he proved otherwise with the hero’s welcome he gave Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the Lockerbie bombing of 1988.
“He likes to rub it in to the West that he was vindicated, that he’s becoming an internationally recognized figure again,” said Dirk J. Vandewalle, associate professor of government at Dartmouth College.
It was signature Colonel Qaddafi, extracting a concession from Western powers, offering thanks, then appearing to mock them for caving in. On his visit to Paris in 2007, he lectured the French on human rights. In Rome this year, he pinned a photograph to his chest of the 1931 arrest by Italian troops of the Libyan guerrilla leader Omar al-Mokhtar, whom the Italians later hanged.
Posted by Richard Anderson on September 2, 2009 | Permalink
Looks like he's mimicking the behaviour of PE Trudeau. Actually, he reminds me of Trudeau. That seems to scare me somehow.
Posted by: Agha Ali Arkhan | 2009-09-02 9:42:58 AM
Didn't the CBC make a "documentary" about 20 years ago that praised Khaddafi? Typical of them, seeing how they deny the Holocaust, praise Hitler and supported 9/11. Disband the CBC now.
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2009-09-02 10:28:46 AM
This is just one more example for why the sentence for terrorism should be death! This bomber murders 270 people and gets the equivalent of 2 weeks for each murder. What does that say to terrorists? Why is the western world so afraid to stand up to terrorists and the regimes that support them? Is it because many of them are third world countries? Do many westerners feel that we deserve to be victimized because of such past evils as slavery and colonialism? It is killed or be killed. Why do so many westerners have trouble accepting this? Our enemy fights with no restrictions. However, we tie our hands and are forced to fight by "Marquess of Queensbury" rules! Sometimes, I get the feeling that many westerners would rather just surrender to the terrorists.
Posted by: Tim | 2009-09-02 7:14:16 PM
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