There was no shortage of indignation in Western capitals at Scotland's decision to release Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the supposed Lockerbie bomber now suffering from terminal cancer.
Gwynne Dyer, however, makes the case that al-Megrahi should never have been in jail in the first place. Whoever did place a bomb aboard Pan-Am flight 103 in December, 1988, it almost certainly wasn't al-Megrahi:
Lockerbie bomber 'set free for oil' hey MOS, check this out, if you haven't already.
Here is another interesting take, from Eric Margolis.
I believe al-Megrahi was probably innocent and framed. Scotland was right to release him. But Libya was guilty as hell of the UTA crime, which likely was revenge for France's attempt to kill Khadaffy.
Pan Am 103 probably was revenge for America's destruction of the Iranian Airbus. In 1998, Britain's MI6 spy agency tried to kill Khadaffy with a car bomb.
In the end, the West badly wanted Libya's high grade oil. So Libya bought its way out of sanctions with $2.7 billion US total in damages. The U.S., Britain, France and Italy then invested $8 billion US in Libya's oil industry and proclaimed Khadaffy an ally and new best friend.
Thanks for the info, Christian. The Times account, if true, reveals the astonishing duplicity of Jack Straw. Wait a minute, the invasion of Iraq already did that.
I wouldn't doubt that Khadaffy is having the last laugh. A. Morris
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