Despite the Mail’s partisan take on this scandal—that it was exclusively a Labour thing—and the inflammatory focus on Lockerbie, this article sheds more light on the West’s covert support for the “monster”/ “terrorist”/”mad dog” Qaddafi, who got a lot of help from MI6 (as he did from the CIA).
Nor, of course, would “Dear Mu’ammar” (as Tony Blair called him in one mash note) be the first Official Monster to have formerly been propped up by the same states that later deemed him Public Enemy Number One. The names “Saddam Hussein” and “Osama bin Laden” come to mind—or should—as well as (briefly) “the Taliban,” and, to pick examples from some other continents, “Manuel Noriega” and “the Khmer Rouge.”
And while “Dear Mu’ammar” was not the first such figure, he certainly was not the last one, either—since the West has also been the not-so-secret force behind the “rebel” movement that is now replacing him. That there are radical Islamists in that movement—champions of Sharia law!—is yet another grim reminder that the geniuses who manage this atrocious game can never learn from hard experience, nor do they want to, as it would ruin their careers.
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By Ian Birrell
The startling extent to which Labour misled the world over the controversial release of the Lockerbie bomber is exposed today in top-secret documents obtained by The Mail on Sunday.
In public, senior Ministers from the last Labour Government and the Scottish First Minister have repeatedly insisted that terminally ill Abdelbaset Al Megrahi was freed on compassionate grounds in a decision taken by Scottish Ministers alone.
But the confidential papers show that Westminster buckled under pressure from Colonel Gaddafi, who threatened to ignite a ‘holy war’ if Megrahi died in his Scottish cell.