The West has been working hard to reach out to Omar Khadafi who is now being called by many the Mad Dog of Africa.
Scotland released the Lockerbie bomber, a Libyan who was responsible blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 which was enroute from London Heathrow Airport to New York on 21 December 1988. The 747 was destroyed killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members not to mention Eleven people in on the ground as large sections of the plane fell in the town and destroyed several houses, bringing total fatalities to 270. It is largely suspected that the culprit was released as a part of some oil deal with Kadafi
Not so long ago a press release from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office let us all now that Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon intended be on-hand in St. John's, Newfoundland to greet the Libyan leader while he was on a one-day stopover in the province on his way home from a brief, if unsuccessful visit to the United Nations in New York.. As it turned out he had a change of plans and was a no show.
When we open our embassy there not so long ago David Kilgor described Libya as "a beautiful, peaceful country full of potential....Hopefully, the visit of my delegation, will encourage greater efforts to further the development of Canadian-Libyan relations across a broad spectrum of political, commercial and human interests. I am delighted to report that my discussions with Libyan ministers and officials have been successful and productive in addressing issues and increasing understanding between our two countries."
I was surprised to learn today that Suncor, Canada’s self described,premier integrated energy company has crews working in Lybia helping the development of energy resources in Libya’s oil fields hoping to double capacity.
It is suggested by analysts that the Libyan leader is stashing billions of dollars in his family's private accounts. Money skimmed off the top of the county's oil revenue.
Why do we all do business with these guys?