Comment posted Scotttish Government statement following death of Ali Al-Megrahi by Robert Wakeham.
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.
Robert Wakeham also commented
- I’m wondering if the anonymous blogger is from Islay, or just taking its name in vain.
- 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.
- 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
- A83 9th March: slope stabilisation work underway at Rest and Be Thankful
Why much to your surprise? – it’s a mile or so longer via Inveraray, but avoids the slow, tedious stretch of the A82 at the top end of Loch Lomond, where large vehicles struggle to pass each other or might even have to back up.
I presume that’s why the Citylink bus route is via Inveraray, and I’m told that many hgv drivers prefer to go via Inveraray.
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‘People choose to live on islands for many reasons’ – choose? – for a lot of people it’s not a choice, it’s their ancestral home – and don’t forget that we’re all islanders of one sort or another.
- Oban Councillor raises issue of closure of town’s only play park
So how much money is closure of the play park saving? And what do the council propose to do with the equipment that John Sinclair thinks was partly funded by others? Let it decay? Flog it to a scrap merchant?
- UK response to the Russia-Crimea situation: selfies, posturing and dangerous old hat
And an hour earlier on R4 there was 15 minutes of Mary Ann Sieghart exploring Vladimir Putin’s view of the world, and this too was also very illuminating.
- A83 closed both ways at Rest and Be Thankful
I should add that any new bridge worth the name, be it low level gulley crossing or high level viaduct, would need a parapet design to combat the sort of crosswinds that are violent enough to knock hgvs off the road, especially at Butterbridge and the north end of Loch Restil.
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