Wednesday 7 December 2016

Gaddafi will be allowed to go quietly if it stops the bloodshed

Alasdair Palmer

Published 19/04/2011 | 05:00

'If he had become a professor or a social planner, he would have done very well." Christopher Vanderpool was speaking of Moussa Koussa, whom he taught when the Libyan was a sociology student at Michigan State University in the 1970s.

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Instead of becoming a professor, he decided to work for Muammar Gaddafi. He ran Libya's intelligence service for 15 years. He wasn't in charge in 1988, when its agents planted the bomb that killed 271 people at Lockerbie, but he may well have had a hand in organising that dreadful outrage.

It is obviously impossible to head Gaddafi's utterly ruthless intelligence service without having some dreadful crimes on your hands.

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