Guardian.co.uk: Lockerbie bomber returns to hero’s welcome in Libya
The Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi returned home to a crowd of thousands of cheering young men , despite Barack Obama’s warning against a hero’s welcome.
As Megrahi disembarked at the military airport in Tripoli where his plane landed, supporters – some wearing T-shirts bearing his picture – threw flower petals in the air and waved Libyan and miniature Scottish flags while music played.
“We have been in contact with the Scottish government, indicating that we objected to this,” Obama said. “We thought it was a mistake.”
Pajamas Media: What Was Really Behind the Lockerbie Bomber’s Release?
Meanwhile, some British news outlets have hit upon what may turn out to be the real story behind this story, which is the almost universal perception that U.S. President Barack Obama has been a helpless bystander in the Megrahi case.
The leftwing Guardian, in an article titled U.S. Fury Grows over Release of Lockerbie Bomber,” somewhat mockingly highlighted the fact that Obama has no influence whatsoever over Libya. It said “part of the U.S. anger is because Libya snubbed a plea by Obama not to award him [Megrahi] a hero’s welcome.”
Moreover, a BBC story titled “U.S. Powerless as Libyan Bomber Freed” is laced with schadenfreude at America’s diminished international position under Obama. It says “now he [Megrahi] has been allowed home to die and the Americans had no power to stop it. All they could do was lobby hard and use strong diplomatic language like “mistake,” “inappropriate,” and “absolutely wrong.” Again: “Not that the Americans have any control over that. They could only ask nicely and hope the Libyans oblige.” Hitting home the point that a Libyan dictator now has the upper hand over the most powerful country in the world, the BBC says: “Having got what he wanted, it is up to Col Gaddafi whether he helps the American government out of its difficulty.”