Thatcher and Reagan's bombing of Gadaffi.
France's President Mitterand, had refused overflight rights to the American bombers which had taken off from England with Maggie Thatcher's consent, (Read Hansard PMQ response, from here). President Reagan went on TV and justified the raid, as follows, as quoted in the above link:
Colonel Qadhafi is not only an enemy of the United States. His record of subversion and aggression against the neighboring States in Africa is well documented and well known. He has ordered the murder of fellow Libyans in countless countries. He has sanctioned acts of terror in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, as well as the Western Hemisphere. Today we have done what we had to do. If necessary, we shall do it again.He concluded his address:
We Americans are slow to anger. We always seek peaceful avenues before resorting to the use of force – and we did. We tried quiet diplomacy, public condemnation, economic sanctions, and demonstrations of military force. None succeeded. Despite our repeated warnings, Qadhafi continued his reckless policy of intimidation, his relentless pursuit of terror. He counted on America to be passive. He counted wrong. I warned that there should be no place on Earth where terrorists can rest and train and practice their deadly skills. I meant it. I said that we would act with others, if possible, and alone if necessary to ensure that terrorists have no sanctuary anywhere. Tonight, we have.There has been an interesting spat in the blogosphere regarding whether certain university degrees turn out politicians who are intrinsically evil, it is between Samizdata and Counting Cats in Zanzibar, all very worth reading with valid points on either side.
My concern, this morning, is more with the actions of all the West's leaders since President Reagan and Maggie Thatcher left office. As the broadcast news informs us that Gadaffi plans to send his thugs from house to house to individually deal with protesters and their families, what are we to make of the moral foundations of the politicians who have left this man in office without any sanction. In the very particular case of Blair, Brown and Scotland's Salmond the general indictment is even more severe given the BP issue.
What indeed of our present coalition leaders, Cameron, Clegg, Hague and Fox, who are presently engaged in the disarmament of the nation in the midst of a world in growing turmoil, just what in hell's name is their game, grounding trained pilots and declaring redundant those still in training, all in the face of a clear potential Armageddon, scrapping active aircraft carriers to build future seaborne bases for our historic enemy, who has already been handed effective governance and economic control of the nation? Evil or immorality, I know not which, their treacherous actions can be seen far more clearly than their thoughts or motives can ever be divined! What point our MPs and Sovereign watching idly on, as all this is permitted to come to pass?