By Jeffrey Denning
At least two hijackers were responsible for taking over a plane earlier this week. After a 22-hour stand off, all 95 passengers and crew were released unharmed…in Libya, where the plane landed.
Libya, planes and terrorists have at least one big thing in common when it comes to aviation security: PanAm flight 103.
Libyan Intelligence Officers destroyed the American flight in December, 1988, killing over 250 people aboard the trans-Atlantic flight - half of whom were American citizens.
Actually, the bombers - who were safe on the ground when the plane exploded - were in reality terrorists working for the rogue government of Moammar Gadhafi. The Libyan dictator, by the way, was recently embraced by the U.S. just prior to the 2003 Iraqi invasion, after he agreed to uncover his weapons of mass destruction caches, or so the story goes.
Interestingly, also in 2003, Libya formally admitted responsibility for the attack. Moreover, they agreed to pay $2.7 billion in compensation to families of the victims. But Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam, is in denial. He believes Libya will one day be cleared of any wrongdoing.
The other thing the North African son of a Wildman had the nerve to say was that the victims were greedy. (I guess he wants all the money to himself. What irony!)
Research has shown that the majority of the passengers were alive after the midair bombing. The most terrifying last minutes they suffered was in their rapid, conscious plummeting descent to the ground that ended in a loud, kaboom.
Anyhow, the Sun Air flight taken over by a couple terrorists originating from the Darfur region of Sudan, appear to have acted out of vengeance of a recent attack that took place on the refugee camp of Kalma, near Nyala airport, where the hijacked plane took off. At least 33 people were killed in the attack, though some say the toll could be more.
It was believed that senior members of a Darfur former rebel movement, the Sudan Liberation Movement, were on board. This latest hijacking, then, was a simple (yet complex and unjustified) game of this for that.
Note: Darfur’s ethnic African rebels have been battling the Arab-led Khartoum government since 2003 in a conflict that the U.N. says has killed up to 300,000 people and driven 2.5 million from their homes.