Let me start by saying that this incident is an open wound that time will not heal. Also, let me state that I in no way wish to harm or dishonor the victims, there families and friends, or make any of them relive that cowardly, dastardly act of terror that claimed the lives of 270 people. Further, it is important that I state up front that I am no fan of Moamar Gadhafi, whose feet the blame was laid at. I have no sympathy for him, or what happened to him. I like many others stumbled across information about this incident while doing research on another subject. It is a incident which "will live in infamy," it will never go away and needs to be investigated further. This story has all the hallmarks of a international crime novel. From desperate dictators, to diamonds , to the ordinary traveler just trying to get home for the holidays. From Libya, to Frankfurt, to South Africa, to Malta, to London to New York and ultimately to Lockerbie it is truly a global incident. Powerful people like Ronald Reagan, Bernt Carlsson, Moamar Gadhafi, "Pik" Botha of South Africa, and Institutions such as the United Nations, the governments of Scotland, the UK, Libya, and the US are all involved. Another President, George W. Bush is involved as well, this story spans from that terrible night of December 21, 1988 through 2011. Finally, let me state that I am in no way a conspiracy theorist. I just wish to point out some facts that were either glossed over or missed entirely.
In 1988 the white minority apartheid government of South Africa was on the ropes. It was rightfully dying a death that was long overdue. It had finally relinquished control of mineralrich " Southwest Africa", otherwise known as Namibia, an illegal colony it ruled since WWI under a League of Nations Mandate dating to 1915. In order to complete this process, a delegation from the South African government was to attend a formal ceremony at the UN Headquarters in NYC. This is where two of the players come in. Bernt Carlsson was the UN Commisioner for Namibia, and Roelof "Pik" Botha, the South African foreign minister. Both were scheduled for the flight, only one, Carlsson boarded the doomed flight. Botha and his 22 member delegations travel on 103 was cancelled and he flew on an earlier flight with a smaller delegation. He lived, Carlssondid not. This part of the story involves Namibia, Angola, Cuba and South Africa. One has to remember that this is the place of the "blood diamonds" long before there was such a thing. If you dig deeper you find out about missing diamonds and illegal trading in them. I'm sure they played a large part in the long conflict between South Africa and SWAPO(South West African Peoples Organization.) Apartheid would be dead within four years. Is there a connection here? Is there something that needs to be looked into in more detail? Was a dying and desperate South African government some how responsible? This aspect of the story has not received much attention. I think it should.
The Libya connection. Throughout the 1980's Libya and the US had a contentious relationship to say the least. The Gadhafi regime and the Reagan administration traded political barbs and engaged in hostilities towards one another. Violence even spilled over into the UK when a gunman fired from inside the Libyan embassy and killed a British police woman outside the compound on UK soil. The bombing of a night club in Germany which killed several US service members. The downing of two Libyan jets, and the sinking of two Libyan ships added to the fray. Operation El Dorado Canyon in which the US bombed Tripoli and Benghazi. Gadhafi had his hands in just about every conflict in Africa, so it is probable there is a tie to the conflict in and around South Africa. There is ample evidence of Gadhafis hands in the violence in Europe mentioned above. Could Gadhafihad his hands in all of it? Covering the events that lead up to the bombing would take a book, so the reader has research that and the trial for themselves. I'm only touching on aspects, that as I have said earlier were never really examined in detail. Fast forward to 2003 and Libya admits involvement but "not guilt" in the Bombing. It offers up one Abdelbaset al Megrahi and L. Khalifah Fhimah. They are put on trial, Magrahi is found guilty of murder, and Fhimah is acquitted. Gadhafi wasn't stupid, he saw what happened to Saddam Hussein and thought the US might have designs on doing the same to him. Gadhafi has to pay cash in the amount of 2.7 billion to a victims compensation fund and admit involvement. In exchange, UN Sanctions which had been in place for years are lifted. Libya is taken off the list of state sponsored terrorism and all terror related lawsuits in the US are cancelled.
These are just two of the things about the story that nag me. Somehow Gadhafi managed to "make out like a bandit" and the whole settlement "stinks". If you are interested I urge you to look into this terrible incident. Even if he had nothing to do with it, Gadhafihad more to gain than lose by giving up members of his regime, and making a cash settlement. My thoughts? I think it was a situation where everybody and anybody looked to take advantage of a horrible situation. It is quite possible that the doomed South African regime looked to exact revenge against the world and the US, which reluctantly abandoned her. Then again, maybe it happened just the way the trial said it did. I lean toward Megrahi being a Scapegoat.
All we know for sure is the Clipper Maid of the Seas was victim of a bomb which exploded, causing her to break up at 31,000 ft, and causing the deaths, many in a terrifying manner, of 243 passengers and 16 crew. The debris rained down on Lockerbie, Scotland killing 11 more on the ground. More than 20 countries lost citizens that awful night.