January 3, 2007, - 2:13 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
More evidence that if you play with Islamic terrorists, you get burned.
Part of the reason Muammar “Daffy” Qaddafi–he of the surname spelled many ways in the western media (and on this site)–got his country, Libya, off the State Department terrorist list was that he offered a “buy-out” deal to the families of the victims of Pan Am Flight 103, the explosion of which he helped orchestrate along with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command.
His plan was to pay his way to absolution, by paying several multi-million dollar payments adding up to a total of $10 million per victim to the families of each victim. Almost all of the families took the bait.
But if you sleep with snakes–even for $10 million–you get bitten. Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal features a letter to the editor by Kara Weipz, President of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, whose brother was murdered in the Pan Am 103 terrorist attack.
Weipz claims that Qaddafi “reneged on is compensation agreement with the Lockerbie victims and is refusing to comply with the terms of the settlement.” Translation: Qaddafi did not pay up the full $10 mill, the final installment of which was required for him to get Libya taken off the State Dept. terrorist list. We took Libya off the list, but they didn’t get all of their money. (The late Billy Carter was smart. He got his $200,000 “loan” from Qaddafi up-front.)
While I feel bad for the victims’ families that their loved ones were murdered by Qaddafi, it’s hard to feel bad about their not getting the money. They sold their souls for $10 million each to the devil. And just because you sell out to the devil, doesn’t mean the devil will keep his end of the bargain. Weipz writes, “So much for Libya’s rehabilitation.” But paying $10 million–when you murdered over 200 American airline passengers and several U.S. Marines in a German disco in 1986 in cold blood–isn’t rehabilitation.
It’s just blood money. Time for her and the families (but for the couple or so who refused the pay-off) to realize that.
Here’s Weipz’s full letter:
Hold Gadhafi Accountable
January 2, 2007; Page B10
As someone whose brother was murdered by Libyan terrorists, I read your editorial about Libya’s most recent act of barbarism with deep disappointment (“Gadhafi’s Hostages – II,” Dec. 20). The victims of Pan Am Flight 103 stand in solidarity with the innocent medical workers facing death in Gadhafi’s lawless, terrorist regime.
As you correctly observe, there is a linkage between Gadhafi’s attempted extortion of Bulgaria’s government and the claims of the Pan Am Flight 103 victims. But it must also be noted that the Gadhafi regime has reneged on its compensation agreement with the Lockerbie victims and is refusing to comply with the terms of the settlement. So much for Libya’s rehabilitation.
Victims of Pan Am Flight 103
Mount Laurel, N.J.
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