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Dollars For Dishonor By: Stephen Brown
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, August 09, 2007

There is no whore like an old whore and the European Union proved that in spades recently with its humiliating groveling before Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi for a few pieces of silver.

Only days after the former terrorist released five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor last month from his dungeons where they had unjustly spent eight and a half years on trumped up charges of having infected more than 400 children with the HIV virus in a Libyan hospital, French President Nicholas Sarkozy shamefully hastened to the North African country in order to sign numerous commercial deals with the Libyan tyrant. Sarkozy was striking while the iron was hot, since his wife had flown to Libya twice to help free the nurses, garnering France and the Sarkozys undeserved international praise and attention for what was essentially a pre-planned sham to cover what the nurses’ release was really all about: business deals.

Incredibly, for having tortured and raped these defenseless women and European Union citizens for so many years, Sarkozy rewarded their sadistic tormenter with a nuclear reactor when it should have been sending nuclear powered warships to punish the fiend instead. Besides disgracefully allowing this tin-pot dictator to bask in the world media spotlight alongside his wife, one also must question the French leader’s wisdom of selling a nuclear reactor to such an unstable political leader, who may change direction at any time and who also may be followed by an even bigger gangster in a country that contains strong anti-Western forces.

Great Britain behaved just as badly in this scandalous affair. Part of the deal to free the nurses will now see the Libyan intelligence agent who blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 sent back to Libya from his British prison where he probably will not spend in jail a second more of the life sentence he received for the murder of Flight 103’s 270 crew and passengers, including 189 Americans. Gaddafi’s son, Saif el-Islam Gaddafi, admitted to a French newspaper that the development in the British case played a role in the freeing of the medical workers and the agent will return to Libya “shortly.”

“We are soon going to have an extradition agreement with the United Kingdom,” he said. “Our people were in London about a month.”

But the most outrageous moment of this whole, years-long, stage-managed charade occurred when Gaddafi’s son brazenly stated in the same interview that the nurses were innocent all along, but they had to be held as “scapegoats.” Well, there you have it. It’s on the record. These poor women and the doctor were kidnapped and held for ransom for years in the most inhuman of conditions, while the Libyans were always aware of their innocence.

But did this arrogant admission cause any outpouring of rage or fury from the EU countries or the sending of their numerous soldiers, ships and warplanes to deal with this modern-day, Barbary Coast pirate who had just shook down their continent for more than $400 million for the nurses’ release? Not on your life! Like big muscles that are of no use to a coward, the Europeans now prefer a life of shameful servility rather than use their powerful militaries, even to protect European women. Forgetting Churchill’s noble words of never giving in to dishonor and tyranny, they now prostitute themselves to an Arab slave master for contracts in his oil-rich country, a fact Gaddafi’s son knew well, causing him not to fear revealing the truth, even so soon after the prisoners’ release.

While in Libya, besides the nuclear reactor, Sarkozy negotiated deals worth millions of dollars for anti-tank missiles, the modernization of some Libyan Mirage jet fighters and for an arms production project, among other things. Gaddafi received the French president at his palace in Tripoli that America had bombed in 1986 as retribution for the Libyan leader’s notorious terrorist activities. Sarkozy’s limousine pulled up in front of one of the still-damaged buildings in the palace compound, indicating the stark contrast between the French leader and the great Ronald Reagan who, knowing how to deal with human trash like Gaddafi, had ordered the attack (Unfortunately for our times, rather than Reagan, the Sarkozys’ American heroes, apparently, are John and Jackie Kennedy).

Other European countries, especially Italy, also have extensive business interests in the North African state, while the United States leads in the development of Libyan oil and gas fields. One European publication maintains the EU wants to enlarge its stake in Libyan oil and gas exploration in order to counterbalance America’s influence, giving this as the reason for the lack of European reaction to Gaddafi’s barbaric treatment of the medical workers. Again, it’s the dollars for dishonor excuse.

For his part, Gaddafi has graciously offered to visit France for the final signing of the contracts. But why shouldn’t the Libyan leader be so affable? The Europeans, as one observer noted, have made it look as if Gaddafi had heroically helped free the nurses from the evil clutches of someone else’s vile dictatorship and not his own. So instead of clasping him in irons when he arrives, the European ‘dhimmis’ are going to roll out the red carpet for this Arab mafiosi who does not have to retract anything from his twisted version of events.

Defenders of the financial deals and of the Europeans’ craven behavior claim the North African thug has to be granted some leeway for such Libyan niceties as kidnapping, torture, extortion and raping of women since his country is in the process of joining the community of nations after having renounced its nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction programs in 2003. But being the cunning dictator and survivor that he is (Gaddafi has been in power since 1969), the desert despot wisely gave up these programs to prevent an invasion by the United States. And does one actually believe a vicious cutthroat like this is can ever become civilized?

But cutthroat or not, the Libyan dictator knows his European slaves well and is busy playing them off one against the other. The Germans are jealous because the Sarkozys got a lot of the credit and, more importantly, the media exposure for the medical workers’ release (Cecilia Sarkozy flew with the nurses on the French plane that took them back to Bulgaria). The German foreign minister was particularly incensed because he had also traveled to Libya on the prisoners’ behalf, meeting them in their cells and presenting the torture victims with EU T-shirts (I’m not making this up), for which, I’m sure they are eternally grateful and would rather have had than a EU commando raid to free them. Gaddafi, stoking this rivalry, had his son inform the French newspaper that the Sarkozy’s were instrumental in obtaining the nurses’ release, while Germans in Libya were told it was their foreign minister who was chiefly responsible.

But the simple fact that leading politicians of two European powers are clamoring to claim the credit for this disgraceful diplomatic “success” rather than hang their heads in shame, indicates their continent’s future is not a bright one. They have also yet to disclose and make clear who paid the more than $400 million in compensation to the infected Libyan children’s families that finally freed the prisoners. While Sarkozy insists France and Europe did not contribute anything to free the nurses, one publication stated that Qatar paid the money and was reimbursed by the EU, while Gaddafi’s son said the French found the money but does not know where they found it.

One thing for sure is that the Libyans did not pay the families a cent and have consistently said so, even though it was their filthy, unsanitary hospital, according to several international medical experts, that caused the HIV outbreak in the first place. Nevertheless, like true slaves, the Europeans have agreed to scrub and clean that foul medical establishment for their master and even pay for the honor as part of the deal for the nurses’ release, since they are no longer novices to this life of dhimmitude.

And while the last trans-Saharan slave caravan crossed the desert to the Libyan coast in 1929 with its cargo of black African slaves, those unfortunates at least felt the pain of the yoke of their servility, finding the name of slave strange and ugly, indicating an innate human dignity. However, in contrast, as the affair of the Bulgarian nurses indicates, those Europeans voluntarily crossing to Libya from the north nowadays know no disgrace or shame, lack all nobility and are destined to drag out their days as hopeless cowards, unwilling to fulfill their duty as men.

Stephen Brown is a contributing editor at Frontpagemag.com. He has a graduate degree in Russian and Eastern European history. Email him at alsolzh@hotmail.com.

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