Terminally Ill Lockerbie Bomber - Not Dead Yet

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    ‘Terminally ill’ Lockerbie bomber could live for another five years | The Sun |Home Scotland|Scottish News
     
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    See my point about you die the way you live, long slow agonizing death.
     
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    That isn't her point. She's complaining that he was released since she thinks if he's terminal he shouild be dead already...

    as if anyone on here thought he should have been released in the first place...
     
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    This was all a horse trade between the US/UK relating to the WMD disarmament in 2003. Libya pays money to the victims, they get their guy back and they give us intel on Islamists through the intelligence back-channel like Syria does.

    Worth it.
     
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    don't forget the $4 bn oil deal . I'm sure that little incentive didn't hurt...
     
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    Foreign policy isn't missionary work.
     
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    never said it was, nor am i naive enough to think so. but you do have to admit, the deal leaves a bad taste in one's mouth, no matter how much the british government insists he was released "on humanitarian grounds".
     
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    I'm sure it's unpleasant for the families, but once you start using appeals to emotion as reasons for doing something it can apply to any situation because there's always a downside for somebody.

    So, yeah, it doesn't look great, but Americans don't give a fuck about geopolitics in the slightest anyway.
     
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    i agree. foreign affairs shuold come from careful consideration. but you do have to be careful about running international politics without any emotional or moral consideration whatsoever. that kind of realpolitik is partly responsible for WW1.
     
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    I disagree, foreign policy should be a completely emotionless affair. The problem with pre-WW1 Europe was the balance of power at the time, not the techniques.

    Historically speaking, we are just spoiled because the Pax Atomica Cold War era was the most stable international system in human history (only two sides, that's crazy). And then Poppy Bush came along and did what had never been done before, he deconstructed the entire international system without a bullet being fired, and he was realpolitik to the core.
     

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