One of the saddest moments in the life of a murderous, power-crazed dictator is when your decades of rule come to an end, and everyone starts abandoning you. Long working relationships dissolve in a matter of days, and you don’t even get a heartfelt goodbye, at least not one that can be heard above the screams of dying protesters gunned down in the streets.
Such is the melancholy fate of Moammar Qaddafi, whose former justice minister, Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, claims he has “proof that Qaddafi gave the order about Lockerbie.” He says the man who carried out the attack, Abdel al-Megrahi, received his instructions directly from Qaddafi, who used his fortune in oil to pressure the British government into releasing the dying mass murderer to Libya in 2009.
Two years later, al-Megrahi is still dying, after being welcomed home as a hero. Ironically, he might outlive Qaddafi, although hopefully not by much. Fox News ran the numbers and concluded he spent 11 days in jail for each of the 270 people he murdered, most of them Americans.
The world has always known Qaddafi was behind the attacks, and indeed the dictator formally accepted responsibility some years ago, as part of his now-forgotten attempt to rehabilitate his image… around the time fellow dictator Saddam Hussein was dragged out of his spider hole. (If Saddam was still around, the Left would get to enjoy watching him use the weapons of mass destruction they keep insisting he never had. The Kurds would be enjoying it rather less.)
The geopolitical problem with hard evidence, if Mustafa Abdel-Jalil’s claims are proven valid, is that it will force some world governments to shred the polite fictions that helped them do business with Qaddafi. Those fictions may have been extremely thin, but they hurt like the dickens when torn.
I believe the odds of Libya’s old monster surviving the current uprising just diminished considerably. I hope whoever sends him to Hell remembers to send al-Megrahi with him. Misery loves company.