The report that Ali al-Megrahi, the alleged Lockerbie bomber (released recently on the grounds of poor health), received ovation from African Members of Parliament in Libya is disgusting and shameful. The 57-year-old was serving a life sentence in Greenock prison for the 1988 bombing of PanAm flight 103 over Lockerbie, which killed 270 people.
The speaker of AU parliament, Idriss Ndele Moussa from Chad, said he and his colleagues had come to “express solidarity”. To express solidarity! Alas… this is but criminal solidarity. He’s quoted as saying that Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was a “… victim of international injustice and a policy of double standards”.
Legally speaking, al-Megrahi is a terrorist. Giving him a standing ovation is nothing but condoning terrorism and yawing. What AU’s MPs did is conspiracy so to speak. They don’t see the danger today. Time will come when this new marriage with terrorism will flail.
Why did such a respected institution behave this way in the first place? The reason is simple. By attending 40th Anniversary of Gadaffi’s revolution, they’re given gifts; yum-yum even kickbacks that geared them show such suicidal solidarity. Today, in supporting Gadaffi, they’re openly honouring a convict terrorist! Tomorrow they’ll likewise issue a statement supporting even al-Qaeda before the whole outfit flail.
Their presidents recently backed Sudanese Dictator Omar Bashir, who is wanted by ICC for genocide in Darfur. Let’s not to forget how they cowed down before Robert Mugabe. What pains, the same countries whose presidents and MPs support terrorism, are the same creatures spending much time in European capitals begging! What I just can’t understand is: why are rich countries being so sheepish and timid before such double faced creatures of Africa?
By backing al-Megrahi, Gadaffi has shown openly how he’s relegating back to financing terrorism, after getting the support from Hugo Chavez among others. Those who know why Gadaffi denounced terrorism and became a “good boy” before the West, still remember. He backtracked after seeing what goons like Saddam Hussein got from their megalomania. Now that the heat is off, Gadaffi daydreams about going back.
Gadaffi is lucky that tough guys like George Bush are no longer in power, otherwise, he’d be manacled and taught a lesson. He’d have been held accountable for this new take on terrorism, despite all parody of bringing him back to the fold.