LIBYA IS a classic example of the major media serving as propaganda for the real powers behind national governments. Those of us old enough to remember Ronald Reagan know that Muammar Gaddafi was once universally hated, at least here in the United States. Only slightly less surprising than Gaddafi’s startling makeover as a trusted ally in the Global War on Terror during the George W. Bush administration is the turn of events that began in March of this year and culminated in the fall of Tripoli last weekend.
Susan Lindauer, former CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency asset and author of Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq, discusses Libya’s transition from pariah to fellow member in the brotherhood of nations and back again. She describes how Libya was made the scapegoat for the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, and how Col. Gaddafi’s business dealings with China may have led to the NATO-enforced regime change now underway.
For an alternate explanation of the NATO invasion of Libya, see this report by investigative journalist Wayne Madsen. And check out The Lockerbie Case, a blog by Robert Black, Professor Emeritus of Scots Law at the University of Edinburgh, an ongoing commentary on the trial of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the murder of the 270 people aboard Pan Am 103.