American Arrogance

July 30, 2010 at 7:13 am 3 comments

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Who do they think they are?

Is it just me or has the American political machine lost the plot recently over the whole BP cum Lockerbie thing?

American Senators think that they have the right to summon UK (English and Scottish) elected officials, and members of BP’s executive to explain the decision to release the Lockerbie Bomber, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, on compassionate/health grounds, amongst ridiculous/paranoid concerns that he had only been released as a result of lobbying by BP in order to secure drilling rights in Libya. Senator Menendez wanted former Justice Secretary Jack Straw, Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill and BP chief executive Tony Hayward to appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. When they refused, he accused British diplomats of stonewalling and has called upon the people of Britain to put pressure on their politicians.

I respect the fact that 189 Americans lost their lives in the bombing (and so did a lot of Brits), but, where does he and his colleagues get off in thinking that they have any right to interfere in the internal affairs of another country; to summon our politicians to explain themselves?

Also, if you delve more into the detail of the US tirades on this issue it is clear that they have no understanding of our political structure (or geography) and the split of responsibilities between Edinburgh(American’s please note the spelling!) and Westminster.

I think Cameron explained the position very clearly in his recent visit to the USA, and we have provided all the necessary documentation to support our stance.

Now personally, and with the benefit of hindsight, I believe the decision by the Scottish Parliament was somewhat flawed. But, I defend their position to make the decision and for it to have been, as it was, scrutinised and debated in the British Parliaments and British media.

So, back off America, lest we demand reciprocal rights to scrutinise your Government, military, etc. I am sure that your closets are much, much bigger and have far more to hide than ours!

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  • 1. Wingnut  |  July 30, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I couldn’t agree more! You don’t see Iran summoning US politicians over the downing of an Iran Air passenger jet by the USAF!

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  • 2. Erik  |  July 30, 2010 at 11:43 am

    To be honest, this issue isn’t getting much play in the press here; I had never heard of Senator Mendez until I read this post.

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  • 3. duncanr  |  August 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I think Senator Menendez is ‘playing to the gallery’ a bit here – using the media publicity stirred up over this to increase his public profile with voters. Making a name for himself so to speak.

    And I agree with you regarding the arrogance in expecting elected ministers of another country to come and explain their decision as if they were naughty schoolboys.

    I understand the anger of americans at the release of the man they believe responsible for the Lockerbie bombing. The situation is a bit more complex than many of them would like to believe, however. While they seem certain of his guilt, many British families who lost loved ones simply do NOT believe he (or Libya) was responsible. They believe the Iranians were behind the bombing – in retaliation for the Iranian Airbus shot down by the americans a few months earlier.

    That Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was framed by american and british ‘intelligence’ is a view not confined to the families of those Brits who died when the Pan An plane was blown up over Lockerbie. At the time of his release on Compassionate grounds, the Scottish Judiciary on reviewing the evidence had decided there was sufficient grounds for questioning the guilty verdict and had given leave for him to appeal against his conviction.

    Those Americans who seem so certain of his guilt might do well to read this brief summary setting out the reasons for doubt

    http://tinyurl.com/38fgm8a

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