Thursday, August 20, 2009

Arabian Nights

Apparently, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi will send his private jet to collect the Lockerbie bomber and take him home to Libya, following the news of his release this lunchtime. I find this story interesting for two reasons, the first being that recently, I was asked if I might be interested in a flying job in Libya and the second because I think there's a larger story here that we will we never find out about.

Presently, with the global demand for oil, there's been a huge effort directed towards reconciliation with the Gaddafi regime and the Americans, the same people who once tried to bomb him with F111 aircraft from UK airfields - are actively involved.

My own conspiracy theory is that Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi may well have played a leading part in the plot to down the Pan Am 747 over Lockerbie but that he was not the main player; rather, he was the 'fall-guy'. His appeal process may have uncovered rather embarrasing new information that might and I stress 'might' have compromised the rehabilitation of Libya and the securing of new oilfields. All a bit like Iraq!

So Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi is going home to die, the oil agreements remain secure and the tragedy of Lockerbie is gently filed away in our memories; a part perhaps of the politics of expediency.

Elsewhere, it looks as if Labour are still happily playing the smear game, at Westminster as well as elsewhere. It's widely reported that a government minister discussed “chasing” General Sir Richard Dannatt, the outgoing head of the Army, (who I hear is a Thanet boy?) over his expenses in an attempt to smear him.

Dannatt has been a little outspoken in asking for frivolous items from the Ministry of Defense, such as helicopters and more men and you may recall the Prime Minister being 'put on the spot' by the House of Commons Armed Forces Committee recently and making valliant efforts not to answer any of their questions on Dannat's request for err.. helicopters and troops for Afghanistan.

Am I surprised? No? Are any of us surprised? Probably not. After all, it's what we have all come to expect from a Labour Government that has lost any moral authority and public confidence in the popular currency of a 'Broken Britain'.


Anonymous said...

Dannatt is an Old Lawrentian. Come on, do keep up!

DrM. said...

Which is what I knew and why I mentioned it! Anyone know in passing if he just went to school here or was raised here?

henry young said...

What, all we all of a sudden giving out FREE Lunches? Since when??? Under what premise? Did this guy learn his lesson? Who knows, right? Well I guess we’ll have to find out the hard way, maybe???

Anonymous said...

Tell me Doc, if the Army is so short of Chinooks at present, why was I buzzed by one last week while heading coast bound (me not the chopper) on the M2 at the Brenley Corner interchange. It can't have been more than 200 feet up and flew right over me. This was at about 5.30pm on Thursday 13 Aug - any answers would be helpful.

Anonymous said...

In between your job specs in Libya, your flying qualifications, and your walks around the Thanet coast; what are you actually doing to justify your cabinet wage?

DrM. said...

My guess is that the Chinook was on a low level training flight out of RAF Odiham, just W. of Farnborough.

We don't have many of them - lost one in Afghanistan this week to enemy fire - and it takes a long time to train the pilots on such a large and complex machine.

Even if we had a dozen more tomorrow it might take a year to get them to theatre becaus eof the training, re-fitting and logistics requirements.

DrM. said...

10:16 your ignorance of the role is second only to your well demonstrated malice!!