Libya And The IRA: Gaddafi’s EU And Sinn Fein Friends Vote Against No-Fly Zone
GADDAFI’S Libya still has some pals in the European Union. The EU press office tell us:
“‘EU governments need to stand ready for a decision in the UN Security Council on further measures, including the possibility of a no-fly zone’,” in compliance with a UN mandate and coordination with the Arab League and the African Union stressed MEPs in a widely-backed resolution (584 in favour, 18 against, 18 abstentions). During the debate, only the GUE/NGL group was against this idea.”
The Quizzical Gaze writes:
And what is GUE/NGL, or Gwengle as I am calling it, when it is at home? The European United Left–Nordic Green Left, which in its own words claims:
“We want to see a different Europe, without the democratic deficit which the Treaty of Maastricht served to confirm and free from the neo-liberal monetarist policies that go with it….In order to deepen its ties of friendship, solidarity and cooperation with the other countries of Europe, the Union should strive to strengthen the OSCE, where instruments should be developed capable of addressing problems of joint security, while disbanding all those structures which, like NATO and the WEU, are a hangover from the political blocs of the Cold War.“
Members using the ‘C’ word include the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia, the Communist Party of Greece and French Communist Party. From these parts, we have Sinn Fein, in the person of Bairbre de Brún.
Those with long memories might recall this:
“…early Libyan arms shipments furnished the IRA with its first RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and that Gaddafi also donated three to five million US dollars at this time…In the 1980s, the IRA secured larger quantities of weapons and explosives from Gaddafi’s Libya — enough to supply at least two infantry battalions.”
Libya provided the IRA with Semtex. That as used in IRA bombs that his Harrods shoppers in 1983 (six dead), a Remembrance Day service in Enniskillen in 1987 (11 dead) and the Omagh bombing in 1998 (29 dead).
NI politicians began talks with Tripoli in 2009 to secure compensation for 160 victims of the Provisional IRA. Libya supplied arms to the IRA during its terror campaign.
Those talks are on hold.
Undated handouts of victims of the Omagh bombing. They are (top row, from the left) 12-year-old James Barker, Esther Gibson, Sean McGrath, Gareth Conway, Elizabeth Rush, Fred White, Lorraine Wilson and (bottom row, from the left) Veda Short, Alan Radford, Bryan White, Brenda Logue, Deborah Cartwright, Geraldine Breslin, and Oran Doherty.