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Megrahi Leaves More Questions Than Answers

Having seen the one-man show Lockerbie: Unfinished Business at the Edinburgh Fringe two years ago, I have always been suspicious that Megrahi was the man behind the Lockerbie bombings.

In the meantime,nothing has convinced me, that he was guilty and I agree with the show, that it was more likely, Iran was behind the bombing.

Now that Megrahi has died, it makes it even less likely that the truth will be discovered.

If you have a view on this case, read this. If it changes your view, note why in your mind.

May 20, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , | Leave a comment

Liverpool Comes To London

HMS Liverpool is in London this weekend and I went to have a look.

Note the red liver bird, which gives the ship it’s nickname of Crazy Red Chicken.

January 29, 2012 Posted by | News | , , , , | 1 Comment

We Should Let al Megrahi Die in Peace

I’ve just heard the father of one of the Lockerbie victims say this on the BBC.  He is right, as Megrahi does really seem to be close to death according to this typical report among many. After all as the victim’s father said, Gaddafi has killed a lot more of his own people than the number that died in the PanAm jet at Lockerbie.

However, we shouldn’t let up though on finding out who was ultimately responsible for Lockerbie.  It is all too convenient to put the blame on Gaddafi, who surely will soon be dead, as I can’t see him being captured alive or escaping to a safe haven. And if he did the latter, he has made enemies, who would not hestitate to assasinate him.

After I saw Lockerbie: Unfinished Business at the Gilded Balloon last year in Edinburgh, I posted this. I stand by every word I said.

August 29, 2011 Posted by | News | , , | 3 Comments

Let’s Get Gaddafi To The Hague

I suspect that the cruel and idiotic Gaddafi has a few tricks up his sleeves yet. But wouldn’t it be a victory for everybody, especially the Libyan people,  if he felt the respected justice of the International Criminal Court.

If they’re short of cells, he could share with some of the other dictators and war criminals under arrest in The Hague. They all deserve each other.

August 22, 2011 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

Was It Right To Bomb Germany As We Did in the Second World War?

I have felt for a long time that the bombing of German cities by the RAF and the USAAF was rather a pointless exercise driven more by vengeance and revenge than any strategic purpose to defeat the Nazis.

Remember, I was brought up in London and many of my relatives experienced the bombing first hand. My grandfather’s premises close to the Barbican, where he worked as an engraver, were completely destroyed in the Blitz. Many of these people weren’t too bothered about the bombing as it just made them angry and anyway they survived. Others might have felt different, but most just felt that you had to deal with what happened and get on with life. Supposedly, one of the reasons for bombing civilians was to break their moral and hopefully get them to turn against the government.  I think that London and other British cities that were bombed showed that it didn’t work.  If anything it just stiffened their resolve to carry on.

Was it any different in Germany, when we bombed their cities? I’ve only met a couple of Germans, who endured the bombing from the RAF and the USAAF and they didn’t seem to react any differently  to the way we did. And they probably suffered a lot more.

But also remember that a 250,000 from both the RAF and the USAAF either died or went missing in the bombing of Germany. So in some ways we lost the trained personnel that we really needed to support the invasion.

 I also remember reading the history of the de Havilland Mosquito. Initially this superb design wasn’t really wanted by the RAF, as they felt who in his right mind would want to fly across to bomb Germany in an unarmed aircraft built out of ply and balsa wood. To them and the USAAF, a heavily armed four engined bomber would obviously be better. But statistics proved them wrong, as the Mosquito, which carried virtually the same bomb load as a B-17, but with a crew of two instead of ten, had a much higher return rate and much lower losses of crew. It was also much faster and could bomb Germany twice in one night.

In my view it should have been used strategically to take out German infrastructure, such as important factories and rail junctions. Wikipedia says this.

Mosquitos were widely used by the RAF Pathfinder Force, which marked targets for night-time strategic bombing. Despite an initially high loss rate, the Mosquito ended the war with the lowest losses of any aircraft in RAF Bomber Command service. Post war, the RAF found that when finally applied to bombing, in terms of useful damage done, the Mosquito had proved 4.95 times cheaper than the Avro Lancaster.

Yesterday, the obituary of Flight Lieutenant Don Nelson was published in the papers.

He was an RAF navigator, who helped to plan the destruction of German infrastructure in the run up to D-Day.

This is an extract from The Times.

In the spring of 1944 Bomber Command under its redoubtable but stubborn leader, Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris, was ordered to divert a proportion of its energies from the strategic bombing of Germany, of which Harris was the architect, to attacking targets in northern France and Belgium — railways, bridges, tunnels, marshalling yards — whose destruction would materially expedite the forthcoming Allied invasion of German-occupied Europe.

Although Harris dug his heels in against what he was convinced was a misuse of his strategic bomber force, a trial raid against a railway centre at Trappes, south west of Paris, in early March resulted in such spectacular destruction and dislocation of rail traffic that it became evident that a sustained assault by Bomber Command would be capable of virtually paralysing the German capacity to move troops against whatever beach heads the Allies might establish before, and not after, the projected invasion. This was a vital discovery. In spite of Harris’s protests his best bomber squadrons were from then until June 6, 1944, and afterwards, employed on this momentous interdiction work.

The Telegraph tells a very similar story.

Looking back with 20/20 hindsight, I think we probably could have done better in our bombing campaign against Germany, by bombing infrastructure important to the war effort, rather than the general population.

We also never learn from the past, as if we look at Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya, we continue to make the same mistakes we always do. Inevitably vengeance seems to get mixed up with the simple objective of defeating a vile and hideous regime and its leader.

June 16, 2011 Posted by | World | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Why The Full Dress Uniforms?

I know the attacking of Libya is serious, but why do the admirals of the United States Navy appear on TV, in full dress uniforms with all their medals and decorations?

Some have almost as many as Gaddafi!

March 21, 2011 Posted by | News | , , | 1 Comment

Money Transfer – Libyan Style

A ship containing a £100 million of Libyan bank notes has been seized by the UK Border Agency according to this report.

We could burn it to generate electricity or perhaps the government could give us all a few notes to perhaps use for a sensible purpose like stopping tables from rocking.  Or perhaps as stand-by toilet paper!

March 5, 2011 Posted by | Finance, News | , | Leave a comment

Gaddafi Gets a Good Kicking

Gaddafi’s attempts to recapture Brega seemed to be a real defeat, as his forces seem to have no stomach for a fight.

Let’s hope he sees sense and gives up.

He could also go to live with his friend Robert Mugabe.  They deserve each other.  but their unfortunate citizens don’t!

March 3, 2011 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

Popbitch on Libya

You can always rely on Popbitch to come up with an unusual take on the most serious of stories.  This was in today’s edition.

Convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has requested to be returned from Libya to prison in Scotland for his safety…

I wouldn’t think it’s true, but it could easily be argued that even the most violent prison in Scotland will be much safer than Libya.

February 25, 2011 Posted by | News | , , | Leave a comment

Should We Rescue Britons From Libya?

The question has to be asked, “What all these people are doing in Libya?”

Most have gone there to make a lot of money.  So shouldn’t they or the companies they work for be responsible for getting them home.

After all, when I had my stroke in Hong Kong, it was up to me to pay to get myself back to UK.

People can’t have it all ways.  High salaries and probably low taxes in a country run by a mad and very dangerous nutter and then be expected to be brought home, when he finally loses it.

February 24, 2011 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment