British Official Says Oil Was 'Very Big Part' of Lockerbie Talks
LONDON — Trade and oil considerations played a big part in the decision to include the Lockerbie bomber in a prisoner transfer agreement between Britain and Libya, a senior British official said in an interview published Saturday.
Justice Secretary Jack Straw said trade, particularly a deal for oil company BP PLC, was "a very big part" of the 2007 negotiations that led to the prisoner deal. The agreement was part of a wider warming of relations between London and Tripoli.
"Libya was a rogue state," Straw was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph newspaper. "We wanted to bring it back into the fold and trade is an essential part of it — and subsequently there was the BP deal."
The fact is, Mr. Straw, Libya IS STILL A ROGUE STATE, and 243 people are STILL DEAD, so what has changed? Is Libya "back into the fold"?
Actually, no. Libya is still as rogue as it ever was, but at least Britain forged an oil deal, right, Mr. Straw?
These modern Brits are but mere shadows of their predecessors, if that. Churchill would be appalled at what has happened to his beloved Britain. He, above all, knew appeasement didn't work; a lesson his successors would do well to re-learn.