Wilson gave fame to the Stinger missile and later the term 'blowback' when former Afghan fighters like Usama bin Laden and Abdurajak Janjalanil, founder of the Abu Sayyaf Group, became notorious Islamic terrorists.
In the book "Charlie Wilson's War" there is a mention of Abu Sayyaf on page 515 recounting the former Afghan insurgent leader's open praise for Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War. Philippine intelligence operatives who had penetrated Abu Sayyaf believed Yousef was working for Iraq, the same Ramzi Yousef who, with his uncle KSM, helped get Janjalanil's Philippines terrorist base started. Yes, the same KSM soon coming to New York.
Some may have forgotten that shortly before the Iraq invasion Philippines authorities expelled an Iraqi diplomat for making cell phone calls to members of Abu Sayyaf, who had killed a US soldier. Some of this was covered by Deroy Murdock years ago, to almost zero fanfare.
Meanwhile, it's now February 2010 and the miracle of Pan Am 103 bomber Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi continues. Recall he was the guy released from a Scottish prison last year on humanitarian grounds because he had only weeks to live, who returned to Libya to a hero's welcome.
Somehow this former low-level airport worker had a Swiss bank account (who doesn't) yet this release seemed to surprise everyone, including the Captain Renault branch of the US government.
In reality everyone figured there was some kind of quid pro quo regarding oil rights or arms sales to Gaddaffi but things are rarely uncomplicated. The same western officials who acted surprised about the release acted similarly in 2003 when Libya's nuclear program was found.
And what of that mysterious suicide in a Libyan prison of the man who claimed Iraq was in cahoots with bin Laden (then said they weren't). No prob--the left has already put this puzzle together, which features Bush and Cheney going in front of the World Court then sentenced to Gitmo, but that view ignores the nuanced connections between Saddam and Mohammar. For instance:
Khala Khadr al-Salahat, accused of designing the bomb that destroyed Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in December 1988 (259 killed on board, 11 dead on the ground), also lived in Iraq. He surrendered to U.S. Marines in Baghdad on April 18, 2003.It's crazy how Libya has gotten a pass in this whole Global War on Terror stuff despite being one of the biggest state sponsors of terror in the world through the 90s. The fact that crazy colonel Gaddaffi is still around while his former brother in Baghdad is sleeping with the desert is perhaps a testimony to his superior people skills, or superior bargaining chips.