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Libya - Corporations paying off for terrorism, and Rebels with only toy guns

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42245106/ns/world_news-the_new_y...

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.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/42239456#42239456

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.

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Making money by looting-from the fence and buyers point of view

Emanating from WikiLeaks, they include one state department cable which in 2009 came to the pithy conclusion: "Libya is a kleptocracy in which the regime – either the al-Qadhafi family itself or its close political allies – has a direct stake in anything worth buying, selling or owning." (The cable used the department's spelling of Gaddafi.) Other cables revealed it sometimes demands billion-dollar "signing bonuses" for contracts with western oil companies. A Canadian company, Petro-Canada, was reported in the Toronto Globe and Mail not only to have paid one such bonus but also to have sponsored an exhibition of the dreadful paintings of Saif Gaddafi and to have been involved, through a middleman, in getting him to take part in a pheasant shoot on Princess Anne's Gloucestershire estate.

More at:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/25/gaddafi-...

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This bonanza of kickbacks and

This bonanza of kickbacks and corrupt deals, in which western companies greedy for Libyan oil participated, got under way when the US reopened trade with Libya in 2004, the year Tony Blair paid his famous visit to the colonel in his desert retreat and kissed him on his hairy cheeks. Their embrace seems even more nauseating now, for it marked the beginning of a period in which the Gaddafi regime began to accumulate the wealth with which it may yet frustrate the purposes of the US, France and Britain.

Kissed on his hairy chin chin..

Stories like this are a good reminder that political corruption doesn't exist except as a way to steal money. Now that most of the wealth of the country has been stolen, it's good to know where it's gone. The love of money is the root of all criminality. Follow the money.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

Google "Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission Lockerbie"

And you will see the MSNBC story is garbage.

Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission Lockerbie

Ok, here is the New York

Ok, here is the New York Times article on the same story:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/24/world/africa/24qaddafi.html

The story you refer to from 2009 doesn't seem to have anything to do with this as near as I can see.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.