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Two- No Three- Things I Want To Say About Lockerbie [Sep. 2nd, 2009|09:28 am]
Tony Grist
I broke my fast and looked at The Times on line yesterday. I didn't read much- honestly- because- equally honestly- it was making me feel ill. What especially made me feel ill was an article by someone I'd never heard of saying the Megrahi case had finally killed off the so-called "special relationship" between Britain and the USA- and berating the British government for letting this happen.  I haven't bored you with my views on that issue yet- and I'm not going to do it now except to say two things, very briefly. The first is that Lockerbie has been soused in ugly, disgusting politics since the beginning- and I think it very likely that Megrahi is innocent. The second is that I think it's rather splendid that tiny, little Scotland was prepared to stand up and defy the might of the USA- for whatever reason. Oh, and there's a third- and it's this: that for a nation that's always banging on about how Christian it is, the USA doesn't half have a legalistic, Old Testament attitude to justice! 
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2009-09-02 01:26 pm (UTC)
The notion that the guy is innocent is news to me, but I'm willing to be pointed to the arguments in his favor.

And yes, we're fairly Old Testament about not releasing dying prisoners over here. The only people who get second chances are celebrities.
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2009-09-02 03:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, there have been rumours flying around that the Iranians, not the Libyans, were responsible for Lockerbie as a revenge attack for the bombing of an Iranian passenger plane by the USS Vincennes. Not entirely sure why agreement was made to let Libya take the flak for it but there you go.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2009-09-02 06:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, I heard Iran might have been behind the attack, but it doesn't mean it was carried out by Iranians.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-02 07:45 pm (UTC)
The theory is they hired the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine to do the job on their behalf.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-02 03:39 pm (UTC)
This is part of the problem; I suspect the doubts about the conviction of Megrahi have barely been aired in the States.

I can't keep the details straight in my head (I'd never make a conspiracy theorist) but type something like "Lockerbie, the truth" into the search engine and see what comes up. I noticed in passing the other day that the Daily Mail (mainstream and fairly right-wing) had a big article arguing that Megrahi was innocent.
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[User Picture]From: seraphimsigrist
2009-09-02 07:39 pm (UTC)

Iranians

you know what as to this about Iranians
I think if they had put away an Iranian people
would be, the same people in fact on both sides
of the atlantic, saying NOOO it was a Lybian
although what they really want is for it to
be a Jew. I am getting heated but I think
I must ask your forgiveness because I am
nervous before flying tomorrow...please
let me go and forgive me.
+S
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-02 07:48 pm (UTC)

Re: Iranians

Yes, lets let it drop.

I hate flying too :)

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