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Originally posted by detachedindividual
...And if you deny you went in for Oil, explain why America's first job was to secure the Oil fields, while the hospitals, museums, schools were left to be looted and destroyed.
Originally posted by Laurauk
reply to post by VinceP1974
LOL That is a joke, who's Government was it, whom let thier own citizens down on 9/11? Answer the US Government. So much for you lot having a hig moralle authority over everyone else in this world. Pathetic to say the least. Yeah go your own way, see if anyone ove here in the UK Cares.
Jack Straw has admitted a trade and oil deal with Libya influenced the decision to free the Lockerbie bomber.
The justice secretary claimed that the trade was ‘a very big part’ of the decision to include Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi in a Prisoner Transfer Agreement (PTA).
Last week it was revealed Straw had asked the Scottish government to include al-Megrahi on the transfer list “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom”.
Leaked documents, uncovered by the Sunday Times, showed Straw had written to Scottish counterpart Kenny MacAskill in 2007, while the UK and BP were attempting to ratify a £15 billion exploration deal for oil and gas in Libya.
Libya denied reports Wednesday that the only man convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing was taken to intensive care after his illness from terminal prostate cancer worsened.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Seyala, said Abdel Baset al-Megrahi has actually been moved to a special VIP wing of the hospital in Libya's capital, Tripoli, where he is being treated.
"Al-Megrahi is not in a dangerous situation and is receiving full treatment from a team of Libyan doctors," said Seyala.
Al-Megrahi's family said earlier Wednesday that doctors informed them that their relative was moved to intensive care but they had not been allowed to visit him in the unit. They spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of government reaction.
Seyala said the family has not been allowed to visit al-Megrahi in the VIP wing to ensure his safety.
Saudi Prince Blasts U.S.: You Can't Live Without Our Oil
Friday, September 4, 2009 7:42 AM
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The United States has no alternative to oil to meet its massive energy needs and should recognize its energy interdependence with the Middle East, Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki al-Faisal wrote in an article on Friday.
U.S. President Barack Obama has been pushing to boost green energy which cuts emissions of heat-trapping gases and reduces the use of fossil fuels. In his election campaign, Obama raised some potentially disturbing issues for the Saudis, such as ending dependence on Middle Eastern oil.
In the article translated into Italian and published by Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Turki said energy independence was an unrealistic, groundless and harmful concept which was likely to re-emerge once economic recovery pushed oil prices up.
"There is no technology on the horizon which can replace oil to satisfy colossal needs of U.S. industry, transport and armed forces. Any future scenario will be characterized by mix of renewable and non-renewable energies whether you like it or not," Turki said.
His criticism comes as the U.S. Senate is working on a wide-ranging energy and environmental bill aimed to put limits on the amount of greenhouse gases that big industries are allowed to emit.
Turki, a former Saudi intelligence chief and envoy to Washington and London, said the United States, the world's biggest energy consumer, should put aside the rhetoric of energy independence and instead recognize interdependence of energy producers and consumers.
"Whether you like it or not, the destinies of the United States and Saudi Arabia are linked and will remain (linked) for decades," he said.
The United States is the biggest trading partner for the world's biggest oil exporter.
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