Tuesday, July 20, 2010
British Prime Minister David Cameron, making his first official visit to Washington since taking office, said the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber ghoul, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, was “profoundly misguided” and should’ve “died in jail,” but in true anglophile fashion, denied the beleaguered oil giant, BP, played a role in obtaining his release.
Cameron had previously said he was too busy to find time for talks with U.S. Senators pressing for a new investigation into the case but under public pressure, now says he will agree to meet with the American lawmakers.
The political firestorm over BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, sought to distance himself from the decision last year of the Scottish Government to allow al-Megrahi to return to Libya.
Cameron told NPR in Washington:
“I will say to the U.S. Senators that I agree that the decision to release al-Megrahi was wrong. I said it was wrong at the time. It was the Scottish Government that took that decision. I just happen to think it was profoundly misguided. He was convicted of the biggest mass murder and in my view he should have died in jail.”
But, Cameron wasted no time defending BP:
“But let’s be clear about who released al-Megrahi; it was a Government decision in the UK. It was the wrong decision. It was not the decision of BP, it was the decision of Scottish ministers.”
The majority of the 270 people who died on Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 happened to be Americans. I believe PM David Cameron wouldn’t be so quick to defend BP if the majority of the passengers on the Pan Am flight had been British.