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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: poliphilo
2009-09-02 03:44 pm (UTC)

Re: jack straw?

I'm sure oil comes into it. The UK is eager to normalize its relations to Libya.

On the other hand this wasn't a decision made by the British government, but by the relevant minister in the devolved, Scottish Nationalist government in Edinburgh. While I'm sure this was an outcome the British Government wanted I'm not sure Brown and Straw were in a position to put that much pressure on the Scots.
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[User Picture]From: seraphimsigrist
2009-09-02 03:53 pm (UTC)

the bp debacle in russia

well so they say...
of course they would. to my sense it is odious.
it is an example of something people need
of course to pick up and move on from of course
and learn the better rather than the worse lessons
from(not simply to tighten up lines of communication etc)

I suspect a major background is the debacle of bp in
russia, a friend was there for several years directing
an operation which finally became impossible.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-02 07:43 pm (UTC)

Re: the bp debacle in russia

But if Gaddafi wasn't behind Lockerbie the outlawing of Libya is a charade- one we've been keeping up- against our own interests- simply to save face.

I understand BP just made a major find in the Gulf of Mexico. I wonder how that fits into the puzzle.
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[User Picture]From: seraphimsigrist
2009-09-02 07:45 pm (UTC)
oh Tony forgive me I cant go on with
this which seems to me to be pestilent
rot, not your side of the thing , but mine
and the whole topic... be well.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-02 07:49 pm (UTC)
And you.

Have a good flight.
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