Libya - Corporations paying off for terrorism, and Rebels with only toy gunsSubmitted by MaxK on Thu, 03/24/2011 - 07:29
In 2009, top aides to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi called together 15 executives from global energy companies operating in Libya’s oil fields and issued an extraordinary demand: Shell out the money for his country’s $1.5 billion bill for its role in the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 and other terrorist attacks.... Many of those businesses balked, .. But some companies, including several based in the United States, appeared willing to give in to Libya’s coercion and make what amounted to payoffs to keep doing business,..
Non-Intervention only works if that applies to companies as well. It does no good to profit off of human slavery by paying for what a dictator does not own, and then sell him advanced military technology to keep his people enslaved. This isn't as simple as some are making out.
Picture of a rebel armed with only a toy gun. If we cause the problem, we ought to take steps not to cause this type of problem in the future. ie no arming dictators or paying for the goods of a thief and murderer. This entire problem has been caused by exactly that - and is the same reason why paying a fence or a mobster for stolen goods is illegal even if you don't steal them yourself.