Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

September 30, 2009

Another Lockerbie Doubter, This Time…

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 2:20 pm a highly respected U.S. publication.

You may wonder why I may seem obsessed with the doubts over the guilt of al-Meghari the Libyan convicted of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 whose wreckage was scattered over Lockerbie, Scotland along with the remains of 259 passengers and crew including 189 Americans and 66 children of all nations.

What surprizes me, although I guess it shouldn’t, is that so few reporters or media seem to care about the doubts I’ve reported on in two previous posts, most comprehensively detailed in The London Review of Books September, 24 issue. People can’t live with uncertainty! They crave certainty more than they crave truth. Even if it might mean giving mass-murdering terrorists a free pass.

Now at last a serious U.S. publication has aired the doubts. In the current issue of The New York Review of Books Malise Ruthven carefully explains why the case against the Libyan was far from solid and has been falling apart ever since his conviction,

More rapidly since 2007 when the key witness who supposedly linked the Libyan to a bomb component admitted he’d committed perjury at the trial, and an exhaustive 800 page review of the case by a Scottish judicial commission concluded that “a miscarriage of justice may have occurred”. And yet I saw none of this in any of the reporting on the Libyan’s release here in the states.

Why frame the Libyan when so much evidence pointed to a Syrian based terrorist group? The most plausible answer suggests Ruthven and the London review is that the crime was subcontracted by Iran to a Syrian terrorist group to get revenge for the accidental shootdown of an Iranian airliner by a US warship five months before the Lockerbie bombing. And that by the time of the trial, the Gulf War coalition was gathering and surprize, Syria was on board and Libya was supporting Saddam. I don’t know how much truth there is to this, But nobody seems concerned about finding out. In fact one of the conditions for al-Meghari’s release was that he drop his appeal of his conviction, an appeal in which some uncomfortable facts may have come out, uncomfortable for the UK and maybe the US.

That yes there was a corrupt deal behind the release, but it involved bargaining not over oil but over historical truth–and justice for the families of the victims, many of whom are suing now to find the truth. It may be the last chance given the refusal of the most of the mainstream media to care.


  1. I’m continually surprised by your use of “suprized” and “surprize.”

    Comment by Banjo — October 1, 2009 @ 9:42 am | Reply

  2. Both pieces were fascinating. Stay on the case.

    Comment by Chris Holbrook — October 1, 2009 @ 11:04 am | Reply

  3. I first heard this thesis suggested by Alexander Cockburn (not Ron’s favorite columnist, I’m guessing given his hard left stance) in the Nation May 7, 2001. Two weeks later on May 21, some of the victim’s families wrote the letters column chastising him, but he stuck to his guns. Apparently some of the victim’s groups have changed their own stories to follow the government’s line. One can feel the authenticity of their grief, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are right about who killed their relatives.

    Comment by MonkeyShines — October 1, 2009 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  4. The Iranian/Syrian/Palestinian terror entente recalls James Jesus Angleton’s suspicion that the Sino-Soviet split was a cover fiction designed to deceive the West. The West perceives the Muslim Mideast as number of distinct entities divided by religious enmity and elements of class and political hegemony. But, on their essential alienation from the West, this gathering of tribes is united. The tendency of the US to cleave off and cozy up to various factions is unrealistic. Hence, the Saudis use our wealth to fund Wahhabism. The Iraqis use our military power to stabilize their own tribal divisions and then declare that they want us out. The Syrians sell their terrorist cutout services to any and all, while Nancy Pelosi genuflects to Assad. The Iranians export an astonishingly varied culture to the Western artistic elites as a salve and a stroke to make the West accept their development of the Bomb. Egypt allows the US Congress to subsidize its economy and thus keep its autocracy in power. The Palestinians use us as a bank. The Emirates drain our debt to build autocratic pleasure palaces and the Afghanis ship us heroin, while the Pakistanis export nuclear technology all over the region. It is a huge, backward sinkhole. The United States, France, England, Russia and China need to establish a nuclear alliance in which the so-called great powers act in concert to destroy any and all nuclear bases in the region from the Swat Valley to Qom and beyond. If these powers do not take preventive action, there will be a nuclear exchange in the region which will require such concerted action ex post facto. The alternative is a competition between iran and elements within Pakistan to use nuclear weapons as one more terrorist commodity to gin up Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, PFLP, and, for all I know, the Munchkins, the Shirelles and Alvin and the Chipmunks. Nuclear devices will be going off like machine guns in Prohibition Chicago. Existentially, all of these tribes are seeking an orgasmic identity rush through one act, and one act alone, and that is the destruction of Israel. The death cult that drives Shia and terrorist culture, means that there is no price in self-destruction that the gathering of Mideast tribes would not pay.

    Comment by charlie finch — October 2, 2009 @ 7:35 pm | Reply

  5. off topic but up alley

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed to have Jewish past

    Comment by Shmuel — October 3, 2009 @ 8:19 am | Reply

  6. Shmuel, you beat me to it!

    Comment by MonkeyShines — October 3, 2009 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

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