AND IT STARTS TO COME OUT - AT 9:22 P.M. ET: It didn't take long, following the release to Libya of the Lockerbie bomber, for the financial details to start surfacing:
LIBYA is preparing to invest millions of dollars into London's property market in the latest sign of burgeoning business links between the two countries.
The Libyan Investment Authority, which manages the country's sovereign oil wealth of $US65 billion ($77 billion), has recently bought two buildings worth a combined £275 million ($540 million) and instructed real estate advisers to look for more.
Revelations of these business links come as pressure mounts on the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, who has been warned that his ''deafening silence'' over the release of the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing is harming Britain.
Existing British investments in Libya have raised questions about whether business interests are dictating the pace of diplomatic detente.
COMMENT: What really angers me is not only the pretty clear influence of money on the decision to release the Lockerbie murderer, but the fact that many of the people involved in this travesty lecture Americans for being too "materialistic." Americans are gems compared to some of these self-interested grovelers.
August 25, 2009