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Anyone troubled by the Libya concessions?(8 posts)

Anyone troubled by the Libya concessions?Duane Gran
Aug 19, 2003 5:46 AM
I have been following the news about Gadhafi and how the UN and the EU want to normalize relations with Libya if they pay £1.7 billion to the families that were murdered in the Lockerbie plane bombing in 1988. Quite frankly I'm disgusted that this person has evaded capture for 15 years and now the international community will accept a payoff. Does anyone doubt the illegitimacy of the monies they will receive? Could this be anything but blood money? What does that say about us?

Fortunately the United States isn't endorsing the move, but in the UN they plan to abstain, which is a pretty pathetic answer to a murderer paying off his enemies. This whole situation makes me think that in 20 years we may be accepting a payoff from Bin Laden.
Hasn't Khadafi been behaving for....Dwayne Barry
Aug 19, 2003 5:57 AM
a long time now? Even to the tune of helping us with our anti-terrorism efforts.

To not court normalized relations with Khadifi is to cut off our nose to spite our face.
Aug 19, 2003 6:09 AM
Look none of you have ever felt the effects of sanctions. I have and they are pathetic - a waste of time for the intended targets but a real mess for the unfortunate. Anyway let me not go down that road.

But I think that relations with Libiya should be normalized and sanctions lifted. While they are about it they might as well do cuba as well. After all did America not shoot down a pasanger jet?? Er sorry our navy made a mistake, well what was the payout for those Iranian families? Anyone know.
irrelivantDuane Gran
Aug 19, 2003 8:30 AM
I see the point about rewarding someone who has reformed, and I'll grant that Ghadafi is behaving himself these days. However, the blood is still on his hands for ordering a terrorist act in 1998. I see how economic sanctions don't really work, but shouldn't this person be on trial like Milosovich (in as much as a major international criminal should be tried)? I don't understand the double standard.
re: Anyone troubled by the Libya concessions?TJeanloz
Aug 19, 2003 6:08 AM
I don't think I know enough about the situation to really comment, but this is how the legal system works. Think O.J. Simpson - not guilty of murder, but he has had to pay "reparations" to the victims' families based on a different threshold of evidence. This could very well be a similar case. I don't really know, but I do think compensation for economic loss is the first step - we are doing the same thing with the 9/11 fund, except the U.S. government is doing the compensating on behalf of the possibly negligent airlines.
re: Anyone troubled by the Libya concessions?Tri_Rich
Aug 19, 2003 6:11 AM
Didn't Libya "turn over" some of the Lockerbie suspects a few years ago.
Aug 19, 2003 6:13 AM
they did, and I do believe they have life sentances from the Hauge (world court).

As far as I am concerned Libya should just pay money and be welcomed back into the world flock. I think Kadafi has turned over a new leaf (or forest in his case).
NoCaptain Morgan
Aug 19, 2003 6:58 AM
Heck, at least we get some money out of the thing. However, I think we should NOT let them back into the fold. That way, if we ever need to invade Lybia (like Iraq), we could still use it as an excuse.