[This is the sub-heading over a post published yesterday evening on bensix's Back Towards the Locus blog. It reads as follows:]
The Telegraph is shocked – shocked – that Kramer lookalike, Gaddafi stooge and would-be defector Moussa Koussa, having been allowed to leave the country, isn’t willing to return. Why in God’s name would he? Guilty conscience, maybe? Or did he swear upon his Mother’s grave?
They also seem to think it was some kind of tragic error that he wasn’t kept in Britain. If the government (a) thought that he was complicit in Lockerbie or (b) cared one way or the other do you think they’d let him go? I’m not sure Rudolf Hess was allowed to wander off on holiday to the Seychelles.
Elsewhere, Abdel Jalil, the one-time Justice Minister of the beleaguered Colonel and the man who’s now described as leader of the opposition, has been touring Europe. Now, he made his name by claiming he had proof of Gaddafi’s involvement in the Pan Am bombing. Thus far he’s not disclosed it (or, indeed, what form it takes). You’d think the British authorities would want to speak to him, yet I’ve seen indication that they’ve plans to meet. Y’all forgotten Lockerbie? You know, the atrocity that killed hundreds of people, many of them our citizens? (You know, something that you actually based this conflict on?)
If Libyans were behind the bombing – not impossible – this blithe indifference is revolting. It suggests that the authorities are willing to exploit the act but not to seek the truth of it or hunt down those responsible. If they weren’t then this is also true – with the added bonus that we’re being lied to on a rather grander scale. And, though I hate to say it – well, hate to say it yet again – we’ve seen no decent evidence that they were.
[For the first time since 28 February, this blog has today been accessed from within Libya.]