December 21st 1988: PanAm flight 103 is blown up in mid air over the southern Scottish town of Lockerbie, all 259 passengers and crew on board are killed in the bombing, with debris from the blast claiming a further 11 lives on the ground.
Framed for the terrorist attack, Libyan national, head of security for Libyan Arab Airlines and former director of the Centre for Strategic Studies in Tripoli; Abdelbaset Ali Mohammed Al-Megrahi, 49, was subjected to the kind show trial that would’ve made Mátyás Rosenfeld blush: Sentenced to life by a special court held on a NATO base in Holland on 21st January 2001. He was released from a Scottish prison on 10th August 2009 after being diagnosed with cancer, given a heroes’ welcome upon his return to Libya; Al-Megrahi spent his final three years with friends and family in Tripoli and died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of 20th May 2012, he was 60.
A reserved and capable patriot, Abdelbaset Ali Mohammed Al-Megrahi was a victim of the times; saddled with the burden of living in the days of dishonorable peace, the fruitless era of capitulation and appeasement. Handing over Al-Megrahi to criminal regimes in the West was the first of many errors by the Libyan Jamahiriya. Former Libyan Prime Minister Shukri Ganem is on record as having said that Libya had nothing to do with the Lockerbie bombing, but reluctantly acquiesced to Western demands, handing out $2.7 billion to “…buy peace and move forward”.
The Bloody Path to Lockerbie:
1969: The Rothschild controlled, illegitimate state of Israel expresses concerns over Libya’s support for the Palestinian people in the campaign to restore their country.
1970: The Rothschild controlled U.S. regime is ordered to tackle Libya on Israel’s behalf.
1973: The U.S. navy and air force begin hostilities with operation ‘Freedom of Navigation’ defined by a series of attempted incursions in and over Libya’s airspace and territorial waters, specifically off the northern Mediterranean coast in the Gulf of Sidra.
1975: U.S. spy planes attempt to violate Libyan airspace whilst the Libyan navy manages to dissuade the U.S. navy from advancing any further. Engagements are kept down to mutual harassment, mock attacks and aggressive posturing.
1980: The U.S. regime, having suffered a humiliating strategic defeat in Iran, intensify their aggression against Libya: Rothschild sees to it that America amass an armada off the Libyan coast, and so, aircraft carriers USS Forrestal and Nimitz move in to escalate the standoff.
1981: U.S. fighter jets down two Libyan fighter planes. The pilots eject and escape unharmed. U.S. forces gradually send more naval forces and aircraft carriers to the region.
1983: The U.S. regime, having suffered a significant military defeat alongside Israel in the Lebanon, continues to ratchet up the tension against the Libyans who have yet to respond militarily to the build-up of forces on their doorstep.
1986: The U.S. fleet edges ever closer to the coast of Libya: The U.S.S. Ticonderoga carrier is flanked by armed Destroyers the U.S.S. Scott and U.S.S. Caron: 30 Destroyers and 255 U.S. fighter planes are positioned directly in front of the Libyan coastline.
U.S. fighter planes invade Libyan airspace, Libya sends in three patrol boats in a bid to hold back further incursions. The U.S. air force launches a ruthless attack against Libyan forces, killing 35 naval personnel.
Mossad terrorists bomb La Belle discothèque in Berlin, Germany killing 3 and wounding over 200 civilians. The attack is blamed on Libya as a pre-text to a U.S. invasion.
At the behest of Israel, the U.S. regime conducts a wide scale terrorist attack on Tripoli; the bombing campaign kills 50 Libyans including Colonel Gaddafi’s 3 year old daughter, Hanna.
Israeli Fingerprints All Over Lockerbie:
In the wake of the bombing, Pan Am mobilized its internal investigation agency to look into the crime, coincidently; Pan Am’s internal investigation agency was none other than ‘Interfor’, a firm run by ex-Mossad agent Yuval Aviv. Mr. Aviv’s whitewash unsurprisingly blamed swarthy, Arab looking airport staff for the security lapse; some of Aviv’s sources for the report were his former employers the Mossad and Israeli airline El Al.
In his book, ‘Gideon’s Spies’, author Gordon Thomas cities a source inside the ‘Lohamah Psichlogit’ (LAP) Mossad’s psy-ops / psychological warfare department. The source describes how Mossad agents were propagandizing against Libya “within hours of the crash”. Evidence also emerged of how suspected Mossad terrorists visited the scene of the crime and tampered with evidence at the crash site, one Mossad member even stole a suitcase belonging to U.S. agent Charles McKee. Killed in the attack, McKee was said to have links to U.S.-Israeli cointiel pro operations in the Lebanon. The Israelis, still bitter that the Americans had left them to suffer a brutal defeat in the Lebanon war at the hands of Hezbollah resistance fighters, may well have been sending a deadly threat with Lockerbie: ‘obey us, or else’.
Ex-Mossad agent Colonel Victor Ostrovsky, also agreed to testify that it was the Israelis who set up both the Berlin and Lockerbie false flag terror attacks: In 1986, Mossad sent out a signal intercept transmitted from Tripoli to Berlin, this signal was then picked up by the CIA and used to fabricate evidence to frame Libya for the Berlin discothèque bombing. The exact same Israeli intercept was used to frame Al-Megrahi for the Lockerbie attack.
The Cover Up Unravels:
Dr Hans Köchler, one of the UN observers at the trial of Al-Megrahi, declared that the proceedings were a “spectacular miscarriage of justice”.
Scotland’s Chief Law Officer during the investigation, Peter Fraser conceded in 2005 that chief witness for the prosecution; Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci, was highly unreliable and expressed concerns that evidence may have been planted at the scene. It was later discovered that corrupt, Rothschild controlled U.S. plutocrats had offered “unlimited monies” for Al Megrahi’s conviction. Witness Tony Galui and his brother Paul were both paid a total of $3 million dollars for their services to the prosecution.
A fragment of printed circuit board allegedly discovered by British forensic scientist Dr Thomas Hayes had also been altered. Shabbt goy Dr Hayes, former head of British Royal Armaments Research and Defense Establishment (RARDE) was also involved in the frame up of the Maguire family for a crime they didn’t commit in 1976, The Maguire Seven were eventually freed on appeal after 14 years in prison.
Courageous campaigner Dr. Jim Swire, whose 24 year old daughter Flora was killed in the Lockerbie attack, has tirelessly fought for the truth. Piecing together evidence which exonerated Al-Megrahi and exposed the web of lies woven by a gaggle pro-Israeli sympathizers and corrupt, corporate media shills:
I first saw Baset al-Megrahi on the morning of 1st of May 2000. He was below us in the well of the specially convened trial court at (NATO) Kamp Zeist, Holland. With me were Reverend John Mosey and other friends. Close to us, to one side of the public gallery, sat his wife Aisha and his family. We were totally unprepared for the comment from another observer in the gallery:- “How could you sit so near to the filth?” he said. This was presumably naked racism, coupled to a profound a priori presumption of guilt unencumbered by the inconvenience of having to prove it. Similar hatred has festered for some, and contributed to the blinding of many ever since.
On my first actual meeting with Baset in Greenock prison, he was calm but determined to clear his name. He must have known that we had campaigned for years to have him tried under Scots law.Yet there was not a word of complaint, though his cancer, already giving him pain on sitting, was then in evidence. A devout Muslim, he had a Christmas card from the prison shop ready for me, on it he had written ‘Dr Swire and family, please pray for me and my family’. I treasure it. It resoundingly trumps the arrogance of the comment from Zeist, quoted above”.
The real perpetrators of the Lockerbie bombing remain at large, probably still in our midst planning ever more depraved and deadly atrocities for their Rothshcild overlords. But murder is a crime with no place to hide, and eventually, however long it may take; these people will be bought to book. Meanwhile, the specter of Abdelbaset Ali Mohammed Al-Megrahi haunts the Israelis like Banquo’s ghost did Macbeth, for the world is all too aware of who did what to whom and how. For even they must know that true justice will, someday, prevail.
Last week I went to see an excellent play at the National Theatre called The Collaborators by John Hodge. The play explored Josef Stalin’s unlikely admiration for dissident playwright Mikhail Bulgakov and the complex bond between art and ‘the State’. The play was a reminder that historically, even when culture has been puppeteered by an authority, unapproved and unintended meanings have a way of leaking out. Had the horror of Stalin’s Holodomor been contemporaneous today, we may well have been called upon to boycott the works of Bulgakov. This would do a great disservice, not only to the cannon of great literature, but also to the counter-revolutionary spirit evoked by Bulgakov’s work. I don’t claim that all art originating from criminal or repressive states, is loaded with subversive messages, but that art has the capacity to transcend the binary world of ‘placard politics’ (‘for’ this or ‘against’ that) and deliver the transforming might of pathos, spirit, sadness and beauty.
Reflecting on this reinforced my reluctant opposition to the cultural and academic boycott of Israel and, in particular to the call by the BDS to sabotage or ban any mode of expression delivered by state-enforced Israeli artists, musicians and thinkers. While the motives of many activists speaking out against Israeli artists and intellectuals are well intended and heart-felt, any action that seeks to abolish freedom of expression or thought is not winning any prizes for tolerance. Jews had their books burnt by Nazis & Israelis continue this dubious tradition by banning writer Gunter Grass, composer Daniel Barenboim and academic Norman Finkelstein. Surely, if we are ‘humanists’ we cannot be lured into suppressing or vandalizing art or ideas. If we do, we enter the supremacist domain of those we claim to oppose.
Furthermore, while the BDS sanctioning of goods is a logical, pragmatic tactic that I whole-heartedly support, I fail to understand the rationality of banning certain Zionist artists and not others. Last weekend Gilad Atzmon’s devoted nemesis, Tony Greenstein, took it upon himself to publish an inordinately long piece about some comments I wrote on this issue on the Facebook page of Ben White, an activist and writer who argues that Israel is essentially identical to South African Apartheid. I don’t agree with White’s prognosis. In the thread I wrote the following:-
(Culturally) ‘boycotting a nation state’ is premised on the notion that the country functions autonomously & can be ideologically quarantined. I’m not an expert on South African politics, but I certainly don’t recall the Apartheid regime enjoying the most powerful lobby group in the United States, I don’t recall the Apartheid Friends of Labor Org in the UK – nor do I recall British lawyers abandoning Universal Jurisdiction to allow SA leaders to travel freely. In short, Israel is unique in that it is maintained by Zionists across the globe on the Left & the Right. Boycotting academics & artists who happen to be born within the perimeters of Israeli sovereignty is futile. Who cares if some art-house Israeli movie gets refused from European film festivals when you’ve got Steven Spielberg’s ‘Munich’ grossing $130,358,911 worldwide?
Predictably, Ben White did not address my questions. Nor did Tony Greenstein when he recycled my words, along with an impressive gallery of photos lifted from my personal Facebook account, on his amusingly foul-mouthed blog.
Supporters of the cultural boycott state that they don’t boycott individual Israelis if those individuals are anti-Zionist (like academic Shlomo Sands). This is very kind of them. However, if it is a person’s political persuasion, not the arbitrary lottery of their Nationality, that determines whether they are spared prohibition, why is it only Israeli-born Zionists get banned? Why not picket the lectures of Zionist ‘University of London’ professor David Hirsh? Why interrupt a work of a genius like William Shakespeare (not commonly known to have been a massive Netanyahu supporter) while in cinemas across London, Sasha Baron Cohen’s Zionist propaganda film, The Dictator is delivered on a loop? I really don’t get it. Last year Wikileeks revealed that the Arab League boycotted Steven Spielberg, not for beaming Islamphobic global blockbusters like Munich onto our screens, but for donating $1 million to Israel during their 2006 war with Lebanon. This is coherent. Indeed, too many Lefties in the West refuel their self-love by waving placards without ever asking themselves why. Given the war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan committed by my democratically elected government in the UK, shouldn’t Tony Greenstein et al also boycott British Artists who receive money from the Arts Counsel of Britain? Add to this the recent revelation that BDS hero Omar Barghouti is a student in Tel Aviv University, the very institution he encourages us to ban, and the ‘movement’ begins to resemble a tangled web of hypocrisy and redundant gestures. Barghouti’s attendance at TA University doesn’t exactly make Israel resemble the Apartheid State he tells us it is. The Apartheid 1959 ‘Extension of University Education Act’ bared non-whites from entering white Universities. This has not happened to Barghouti. His presence there reinforces TA Universities’ reputation as a tolerant and multicultural institution.
Interfering with freedom of thought and expression, academic exchange and artistic liberty is a sensitive Issue. Tolerance and pluralism are core and precious values within western discourse. We should boycott Israeli products, not art, spirit and ideas. Recently I read an article from Ben white in which he admits that the ”boycott is a strategy not a principle’. This is exactly my problem with the BDS Cultural and academic boycott. It is not principled, & it lacks integrity. By refusing to have the argument you have lost the argument.
However, in order to predispose themselves to transform unity and true integration into a viable option, the rulers of these states must first abandon their tribal mentality and start thinking in broader, strategic terms.
There is no doubt that no matter how much American armaments these states buy, their ability to repulse and defeat serious predators remains at best modest. This means that member-states of the present Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) must start thinking seriously about transforming shekhdoms and fiefdonms and kingdoms into a genuine federal (not con-federal) state.
I know that the parochial tribal mentality is still prevailing in most if not all these dynastic states where the masses still have a long way in terms of reaching a respectable level of political culture.
Nonetheless, Arab states in the Gulf simply don’t have the luxury or time that would allow them to wait many more years without making concrete steps toward a federal state. This is because, the status quo is so fragile, untenable even precarious, that dealing with the matter of unity as an afterthought or worse as a dream would only spell disaster for the Gulf Arab region and beyond.
The internal sectarian dangers facing each Gulf state are real and growing. We are talking about significant groups of citizens whose loyalty lies with other non-Arab countries. Some, though not all of these people, harbor genocidal fantasies against the Sunni majority population. This is no mincing of words; it is rather a frank prognosis of facts on the ground.
I know that some religious authorities dream of the day when they would be able to take control of the Kaaba (the holiest place in Islam in Makka), which would enable them to unearth the Prophet tomb extricate the bones of Abu Bakr and Omar ibn al Khatab in order to burn them to avenge the “grievances of the House of the Prophet.
Many people may understandably relate to such matters rather sarcastically. Others might argue that these are far-fetched vagaries and mythology that can only be the product of infinitely sick minds.
Yes, this may well be the case. But this doesn’t mean that for millions of people, who blindly heed instructions from their religious clerics, these ghoulish designs are far from being far fetched; they are actually plans for the future, even manuals for action.
Unfortunately, there is a preponderance of ill-will that keeps coming from the Iranian and Shiite religious establishment, which gives rise to and justify Sunni fears and suspicions.
The genocidal Shiite drive against the Sunni majority in Syria doesn’t auger well for any amicable future involving the two communities. The recent hair-raising massacre in Houleh speaks volume as the criminal intentions of some Shiite circles and those abetting and supporting their murderousness.
Iranians, and Shiites in general, who curse Yazid, the son of Muawiya, nonstop for his alleged responsibility for the murder more 1370 years ago of Imam Husein, the Prophet’s grandson and God-like figure in Shiite Islam, are decidedly and doggedly siding with the Yazid of Damascus, whose Shabbiha or thugs are carrying out pornographic, Nazi-like atrocities against the Sunni people of Syria for daring to demand freedom and dignity from one of the most evil tyrannies under the sun.
In Bahrain, the purported Shiite majority doesn’t content itself with demanding democratic freedoms, unquestionably a rightful goal; they actually go too far in provoking and alienating the non-Shiite citizens.
We will slaughter you all once we reach power,
one of the Bahraini Shiite advocates was recently quoted as saying.
And they make no secret of their eventual goal of making Bahrain a satellite Shiite fiefdom orbiting Tehran, or perhaps Qum.
Iran has every right to be strong, even acquire nuclear weapons. Indeed, if the renegade state of Israel has a right to possess hundreds of nuclear warheads, along with their delivery systems, then Iran has likewise a perfect right to protect its interests, especially vis-à-vis Israel .
But Iran has no right to threaten and intimidate its Muslim neighbors.
The Iranian regime must stop disseminating the mendacious propaganda that those criticizing its policies are either Zionist Jews or Wahabbis as if 1300 million Sunni Muslims were quite happy about cursing the companions of the Prophet by Shiite clerics.
Indeed, why do the clerics of Iran, including the supreme guide of the revolution, Ayatullah Khamenae, issue unmistakable instructions to all Shiite clerics forbidding cursing and vilifying the companions of the prophet?
Besides, how could the Shiite clerics and leaders have the audacity to seek Islamic unity when they continue to curse and demonize the religious symbols of 90% of Muslims.
How could they demand respect and understanding when cursing the companions and wives of the Prophet continues to be an essential and conspicuous part of their religion?
Going back to our main subject, unity among Gulf Arab states, it should be more than desirable that the would-be new federal state, which could be called al-Ittihad al-Arabi” the Arab Union, should seek the incorporation of other Arab states in the region into the new entity, e. g., Jordan, Yemen, and later Egypt and Sudan.
Yes, this kind of thinking requires men of great moral and intellectual caliber. So, the question which imposes itself on all of us is whether the leaders and sheikhs and kings of the Gulf Arab states will bring themselves up to the level of the historical challenges facing them and their peoples, or succumb to their self-absorbing tendencies to maintain their families and dynasties in power for a few more years before they are terminated once and for all by predators looming on the horizons? History can be especially harsh for those who fail to learn from its lessons.
source: The Palestinian Information Center
Rechok, who was in her mid-30s, died at the scene. She set herself on fire in front of the Jonang Dzamthang monastery in Barma Township. Her body is currently in the monastery and many Tibetans have gathered for her cremation.
Rechok spent the last few days tending to her family’s animals in the mountains and then travelled into town specifically to set herself on fire.
She is the fourth lay person to self-immolate in Barma Township in protest against the Chinese occupation of Tibet.
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This video looks at a CNN documentary (April, 2012 with repeats) about the Iran nuclear issue, and examines the role of the mainstream media in keeping the public uninformed about the real problem-nation in the Middle East: Nuclear-armed, Apartheid Israel.
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The original CNN programme “A Nuclear Iran: The Expert Intel” was download from the location given, below, but I cannot guarantee how long it will remain available:
Interesting link: Iran finance minister: ‘Rest assured’ record oil prices over nuclear sanctions