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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: daisytells
2009-09-02 03:51 pm (UTC)
Tony, you are not telling us Americans anything new. Witness the official attitude toward gays in the military, gay marriage, poor people's material needs, health care for all, and much more. Suffice to say, however, that many of us are fighting those attitudes every day of our lives.
I remember back in the 70's when Jimmy Carter lost his second term for the presidency to Ronald Reagan, largely on the strength of the hostage situation in Iran. The hostages were taken by irate students who were protesting the fact that the USA had given asylum to the Shah, who was dying of cancer. (I wont talk about the strange coincidence of the hostages' release on the day that Reagan was inaugurated.) I guess it's OK to shelter a despot who is dying, but not to release a non-elite prisoner (guilty or not) who is also terminally ill.
Hmmmm....holy inconsistency, Batman!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-09-02 04:23 pm (UTC)
According to an entirely plausible hypothesis, the Lockerbie bombing was carried out by the PFLP- a Palestinian terror group- at the behest of the Iranians- in revenge for the shooting down of an Iranian airliner by an American warship.

For some reason or other, it suited the US authorities of the day to pin the crime on Gadaffi and the Libyans. Now that Gadaffi has come in from the cold- and has oil to sell- that decision is embarrassing to all concerned- and a campaign of outrage is being cranked up to drown out the voices of those who would like to see the matter properly investigated.
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