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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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.

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2 Comments to “UK had a secret romance with “Dear Mu’ammar” Qaddafi (just like the US)”

  • Dear Professor Miller,

    Who are these “champions of Sharia law” and why should we be concerned about them?
    I would be surprised if an uprising in a Muslim country did not include some advocates of Sharia. Are these “champions” Sharia absolutists or something else?

    The rebel movement in Libya would have had Sharia advocates wether the NATO got involved or not. Their presence is unconnected to NATO involvement.

    If, however, you believe NATO should not have become involved because of Sharia advocates within the rebellion, then argue so directly and clearly–don’t take cheap shots.

    I assume that “never learn from hard experience” refers to US support of Islamist anti-Soviet forces in Afghanistan, who became The Taliban and Al Qaeda.

    If so, it is premature to condemn the Libyan rebels. I think you should grant the Libyans the right to free themselves from a tyrant without hinting at a “blowback” that hasn’t even happened.

    Your statement also gives too little credit to the rebels for instigating their own rebellion. You seem willing to cast them as puppets of Washington just to bolster an anti-CIA, anti-intervention argument. These two things should be kept separate. The Libyans should not be blamed for what NATO members did with Qaddafi before the rebellion even occurred

    Raising fears of Sharia seems irrelevant your core concern here: Western hypocrisy.

    You are fomenting Shariaphobia and Islamophobia to bolster a criticism of Democratic hypocrisy. It’s the wrong tack for a fair criticism. I hope you are not becoming a Shariaphobe in the Newt Gingrich mold.

    I also hope you are not taking the cheap, Webster Tarpley, enemy-of-my-enemy style of anti-imperial analysis.

  • John, I think you ought to spend a little less time wondering about the doubtful character
    of my “analysis,” and just a little more time reading up on what’s been happening in Libya,where things appear to be more complicated, and a lot uglier, than you perceive.

    For example, you evidently haven’t read the articles I’ve posted on the subject here.
    So I suggest you read Russ Baker’s piece, and William Blum’s, and the Business Day report on the 200 African intellectuals who are not applauding NATO’s massive bombing campaign (over 7,000 bombings!) to effect regime change in that former—and, they very reasonably fear, future—colony.

    I also suggest you read Michel Collon’s coverage, and Chris Hedges’ latest; and there is other work out there that goes beyond the gratifying melodrama that’s filled the corporate press (and, therefore, your head) to overflowing.

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