May 15, 2006, - 12:00 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
In April, we wrote about heavy lobbying by American oil companies to restore full diplomatic ties with Libya, the terrorist sponsor state.
Today, those full ties were re-established for the first time since 1979, unfortunately. What’s behind the sudden restoration of full diplomatic ties with Libya?
Oil and money, period. With the price of oil being so high, President Bush must do something, and one of the ways to alleviate that price pressure is to increase the oil supply. Libya has tremendous oil output and reserves. And the President bowed to the US-Libya Business Association (a fancy name for a group of lobbyists who whored themselves out to oil companies paying big bucks because they want to do business with the terrorist state).
The money? Libyan leader Muammar “Daffy” Qaddafi paid off the families of the victims of Pan-Am 103, the flight that was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland (most of the victims were Americans). Qaddafi and his country took part in the bombing, originally planned by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.
All but one of the relatives accepted his pay-outs of several million dollars per victim. Qaddafi announced he’d pay a full $10 million to each family if full diplomatic ties were restored, and many of the relatives also pressure the President. They whored themselves out for the money. Can you imagine the families of the 9/11 victims demanding full diplomatic recognition of Bin Laden from our government, so long as they get $10 mill?
Even Billy Carter, who took a $200,000 “loan” from Qaddafi during the Carter years, must be turning over in his grave. His shameful actions, then, are, today, lauded.
Today, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, claimed, in a statement announcing the diplomatic recognition:
We are taking these actions in recognition of Libya’s continued commitment to its renunciation of terrorism and the excellent cooperation Libya has provided to the United States and other members of the international community in response to common global threats faced by the civilized world since September 11, 2001.
While Qaddafi did agree to dismantle certain weapons programs, did he truly denounce terror, as SecState Rice claimed in her statement, today, announcing the restoration of ties? Hardly.
Qaddaffi never admitted guilt for the Pan-Am flight bombing. Nor did he ever admit guilt or apologize for the bombing of our American Marines in 1986 in a Berlin disco (three murdered, over 200 injured). The attack was masterminded and financed by Qaddafi and carried out by a Libyan intelligence officer, three employees of the Libyan Embassy in Germany, two Palestinian Abu Nidal terrorists. The Libyans never faced justice.
In fact, as we’ve noted, in 2004, Daffy Qaddafi, hired American Muslim Abdurahman Alamoudi to assassinate then-Saudi Crown Prince (now, King) Abdullah, while Alamoudi was using Daffy Qaddafi’s cash to fund HAMAS homicide bombings against innocent civilians. That’s not to mention the fact that Qaddafi, himself, helps directly fund HAMASastan, along with our other allies, and is believed to be involved in funding various Palestinian terror groups.
Then, there is that issue of that little steel tunnel. As we’ve written before–and it’s been documented in the New York Times and elsewhere–when Vice President Cheney was CEO of Halliburton and the trade embargo of Libya was in full effect. Halliburton’s British subsid, Kellogg Brown & Root (later, Brown & Root), built a steel tunnel throughout Libya, allegedly to transport water. The tunnel, more than 14 feet in diameter, was capable of transporting troops and military vehicle, opaque to our satellites.
Does the dismantling of the steel tunnel come with our restoration of diplomatic ties? Don’t count on it.
Still waiting on Daffy Qaddafi’s apologies to our Marines, whom he maimed and murdered. Still waiting for his henchmen, who carried out the attack and escaped to Libya, to face justice. Those things should have happened before any new recognition of Libya.
One of Qaddafi’s sons, Al Saadi Qaddafi, bought his way on to an Italian soccer team. (Just like his father bought his way back into our good graces.) But everyone, including his coach, acknowledges he is not a good soccer player. It is a facade meant to fool the world into believing the Qaddafis are cosmopolitan, humanitarian, and like us.
Just like their country, Libya’s, new position on terrorism. It’s a facade, too. Minus the black and white ball and the goal.
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