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The Skipper of the Vincennes (Captain Will Rogers …

Comment posted Scotttish Government statement following death of Ali Al-Megrahi by Robert Wakeham.

The Skipper of the Vincennes (Captain Will Rogers III) reminded me of a character out of Apocalypse Now. After he’d decided that an Iran Air airbus climbing out of Bandar Abbas, on a regular scheduled flight to Dubai, was actually an F14 Tomcat fighter diving into attack his ship – and put two guided missiles into the airliner killing all 290 people on board – he wasn’t universally applauded. Either Time or Newsweek did a very effective expose of just how appalling the use of a highly sophisticated warship to annihilate a civilian airliner really was. Having said all that, the Lockerbie disaster might still have had a Libyan connection – like the French UTA DC10 airliner destroyed over the Sahara, and found to be the work of Libyans in the same way that Lockerbie was.

Robert Wakeham also commented

  • I’m wondering if the anonymous blogger is from Islay, or just taking its name in vain.
  • Ken – this website might be read in a far wider area of the world than I, for one, would have thought – and If I started on about the USS Vincennes, the death of everyone in the Iranian airliner it shot down while in Iranian territorial waters, and another such incident involving a different American ship and an Omani civilian aircraft that would have ended the same way but for a long chance, I might get the thumbs down.
  • There’s a risk that all the political noise hides the clear opinion from Dr Jim Swire down the years that Megrahi did not murder his daughter and all the others.

Recent comments by Robert Wakeham

  • With Heb Isles in for repairs, CalMac charters replacement vessel to reduce underprovision for Islay
    For Nigel MacLeod: given the current ‘pause’ in this website’s customary wide coverage, the way in which the discussion under this particular topic has spread to cover all things Calmac is surely not in the slightest bit surprising – and if particular issues arise concerning Islay service provision I’m sure that people will be keen to add their comments.
    For myself, I’d be really interested to hear the reasons for the recent ‘crash landing’ at Lochmaddy, and to see whether lessons can be learnt, given that there was what appears to have been a similar incident at Kennacraig not that long ago and it’s surely reasonable to assume that lessons were learnt then.
  • With Heb Isles in for repairs, CalMac charters replacement vessel to reduce underprovision for Islay
    That’s her just passing Peterhead on the way home.
  • With Heb Isles in for repairs, CalMac charters replacement vessel to reduce underprovision for Islay
    And the ‘Isle of Arran’, over in Aberdeen, is no longer in the dry dock – so perhaps she’ll return to action fairly soon.
  • ForArgyll on Pause
    ‘…but dogma stood in the way’, a common trait, a disquieting number of politicians – of all persuasions – seem to be dogma driven (or, to cover the spectrum, ‘in default mode’ / ‘swivel-eyed’ / displaying signs of rabies) far too often.
    Products of an immature democracy?, or maybe just lazy, cynical, preening, self-serving trumps (same as – or worse than – shits, but less likely to be snagged by a computerised internet filter).
  • ForArgyll on Pause
    Anyone that forgets there’s an e in their name….

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