By G L Simons

This e-book charts intimately the West's reaction, quite that of the united states, to Libya's attainable involvement within the bombing of the Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie in 1988. It means that this reaction can't be totally understood with out attention of the USA as sole army superpower within the New global Order. Geoff Simons argues that the USA determination to focus on Libya, and to contain the UN during this coverage, has extra to do with the realpolitik pursuits of a hegemonic strength than with the disinterested use of foreign legislations to wrestle terrorism. The Lockerbie factor is decided opposed to a close historical past of Libya from the earliest instances to the current, with emphasis on Libya's colonial earlier, the pivotal value of Libya's oil assets, the nature of the Gaddafi revolution, and the ensuing influence on kinfolk with the United States.

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The first draft of 678 that Secretary James Baker submitted to Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze included the words 'use of force'. Shevardnadze balked at this, saying that the Soviet Union could not accept it; 'all necessary means' was accepted as a compromise despite Baker's concern that these words were ambiguous. 57 Thus it is clear that Baker did not regard 'force' as synonymous with 'all necessary means'. He declared to Shevardnadze that he (Baker) would speak to the Security Council to indicate that the US would interpret 'all necessary means' to mean 'force'; and Shevardnadze concurred.

That their graves are respected . . ' The Convention requires that graves be registered and lists compiled, with the exact locations of the graves specified 'together with particulars of the dead interred therein'. The US military leadership ignored all these basic provisions: General Norman Schwarzkopf himself declared that he was 'not in the business of body counts', yet this is just what the Geneva Convention demands. The allied bombing of food, agricultural and water-treatment facilities were a violation of Article 54 of Protocol 1 (Geneva Convention) prohibiting starvation as a means of warfare.

Some press comment was similarly sceptical. 13 It is useful to recall, fIrst in outline, some of the pertinent post-Lockerbie events. In March 1989 Paul Channon, then transport minister, lunched in the Garrick Club with political correspondents from The Guardian, The Mirror, Today, The Times, and The Glasgow Herald. Channon announced off the record that the Lockerbie bombers had been identifIed, following extensive investigations by the Lockerbie police, and that there would soon be arrests. When the news duly appeared in the press there were careful denials that the bombers had been tracked down, after which it was leaked that Channon himself had been the source of the apparently false information.

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