Enniskillen bomb victim wants to meet Gadaffi

This is from the Impartial Reporter (but not online).

Jim Dixon one of the 63 people injured along with the 12 murdered when the IRA bombed the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Enniskillen is planning to travel to Libya in the hope of meeting Colonel Gadaffi. A “class action” is being undertaken by a number of victims, who are looking for compensation from the Libyans who supported the IRA campaign with huge arsenals of weapons and bombs.
The victims’ action had appeared to be running out of steam until Gordon Brown gave it government backing. As a result Mr. Dixon says a delegation including Fermanagh victims is being put together to visit Libya. Mr. Dixon said “We have decided to put a delegation together to travel to Libya to speak to the Libyan government.”

Although the bomb used at Enniskillen did not include Libyan supplied semtex, the class action includes victims of Enniskillen as it is argued that the IRA campaign overall was sustained by Libya.

Mr. Dixon is now chairman of the Ely Centre in Enniskillen , and he says his group includes a number of members “who suffered as a result of the IRA/Libya terrorist relationship.”

Mr Dixon reports that as a result of the group’s campaigning visit to London they have forged links with victims of the London 7/7 terrorist attacks. “This is important as all victims of terrorism must stick together,” said Mr. Dixon.

He praised the efforts of Nigel Dodds and Labour MP Andrew MacKinlay who raised the issue in the House of Commons and continued:

“I have no doubt that as things move on this will be a great embarrassment to Sinn Fein who are attempting to re-write history. But the facts remain, the IRA armed by Libya launched a devastating campaign of terror on the people of Northern Ireland and the UK mainland and so they must pay for that. The Libyan regime is pushing to improve relations with the UK and now they have their chance; pressure will now be applied to them to ensure that they take full responsibility for the pain they cost thousands of people.”

  • Jimmy Sands

    He may be pushing at an open door. Newsweek recently asked the Colonel if he had any regrets in his career. He mentioned only one, supporting the IRA. He accepted that he had been misled into believing it was a progressive revolutionary organisation and had since realised that they were simply sectarian terrorists, and would not have supplied them had he understood this at the time.

  • Prime

    “Newsweek recently asked the Colonel if he had any regrets in his career. He mentioned only one, supporting the IRA. He accepted that he had been misled into believing it was a progressive revolutionary organisation and had since realised that they were simply sectarian terrorists, and would not have supplied them had he understood this at the time.”

    Proof?

  • Jimmy Sands

    I’m afraid I’m a bit hazy on the details, and it may have been Time, but I recall he singled out IRA support as his one mistake as he did not intend the weapons to be used against civilians. About two or three years ago. No idea if it was ever online. Best I can do I’m afraid.

  • I see little reason to doubt that Gaddafi’s greatest regrets are over having supplied weapons to the Provos, whether he ever said it or not, or what publication it might have appeared in.

    Just look at the record.

    Once Adrian Hopkins’ efforts to supply them with Libyan weapons, starting with the shipments on the Casamara in late 1985 which were discovered by the Brits – thanks to the spying by ‘Steak knife’ – Gaddafi got dragged into the growing Anglo-American disputes with the Soviets, resulting in the premature disclosure of the arms caches in the Republic in the leadup to the non-nuclear showdown with the Soviets – what was to be triggered by the assassination of Sweden’s Olof Palme.

    Once the plan was frustrated by Soviet spying and countermeasures, Gaddafi was in the bullseye for whatever went wrong. Tripoli and elsewhere in Libya were attacked by US fighter bombers, killing members of his family, for allegedly having had something to do with the mess because of its alleged bombing of a discotheque in Berlin.

    Then he was blamed for plotting the Lockerbie disaster when it was clearly caused by blowback from key Iran-Contra agents, especially Syrian arms dealer Monzar Al-Kassar, when they were threatened with exposure by a joint DIA-CIA team investigating the matter.

    Gaddafi was so troubled by the problem that he apparently coughed up a scapegoat to take responsibility for it, and paid massive damages in the hope of stopping being everyone’s pariah.

    Now the victims of Enniskillen are suing him for allegedly making this disaster possible.

    The PIRA arming has been giving Gaddafi nightmares for nearly a quarter century.

  • charliemuck

    This may the article the Jimmy Sands is referring to:

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1022602-1,00.html

  • Rory Carr

    “All victims of terrorism must stick together”, says Mr Dixon. How very nice. What a good idea. Who shall define who is and who is not ‘a victim of terrorism’, I wonder?

    Will Iraqi schoolchildren, Afghanistani wedding guests, Ghaza citizens at prayer, Derry citizens on a civil rights march or indeed Colonel Gadaffi’s child be included among this category?

    Oh, all right, it was a sneaky rhetorical question thrown in to suggest that Dixon has found himself a new political career which is facilitated by his victimhood. Fair enough, Mr Dixon, but please do not be so naive as to expect that we are all to fall to our knees in contrite sorrow and embrace a world view that might be cosy in Washington or Whitehall or Tel Aviv but that is anathema to one’s way of thinking just because of any sympathy with your earlier plight.

    If there is to be horror at the bombing of helpless civilians then let those civilians who survived such horror first speak out against all such atrocity, whether by Real IRA, RAF, USAF, Al Queda, Israeli DF or whomever. As a matter of fact since most such horror in recent years has been visited on civilians by the USAF, the RAF and the Israeli DF, and that these governments maintain that they are open to reasoned debate perhaps he might start with liaising with their victims in exposing such terror.

    Start there, Jim, and I am with you all the way.

  • andy

    Jimmy Sands
    Yeah I think I heard something similar on a news programme recently.
    It is of course, absolute hypocritical horse-shit. He happily supported the most reactionary and blood thirsty Palestinian terrorists – the ANO- and in fact he sponsored the attacks on Rome Vienna airport which were worse than anything the Provos did.

    That is of course leaving aside the whole Lockerbie thing…

  • Jimmy Sands

    Andy,

    I wouldn’t disagree for the most part, except Libya probably had nothing to do with Lockerbie.

  • have_a_heart

    Will Mr Dixon be telling the colonel how blacks in South Africa were better off under apartheid? ( like he did Daily Ireland)

    That will go down well in the Socialist Peoples Libyan Arab Jamahariyah.

  • I would suggest that Libya had nothing to do either with the bombing of the West Berlin La Belle Discotheque on April 5, 1986 – what either the KGB, Mossad, CIA, MI6 or the East Germans arranged to make it look like Gaddafi’s people were responsible for.

    The KGB looks like the most likely culprit – wanting to get back at Tripoli for all the trouble the arms shipments to the Provos on the Casamara had caused – especially the Sovets being set up to take the fall for the Palme assassination. That caused Moscow the greatest difficulty, and it was most anxious to show the Libyan leader its displeasure over, and isolation of.

    It also caused the closing down the increasing pressure that Britain, USA and the Soviets were experiencing over who really killed the statsminister – an assassination not yet solved.

    Of course, Markus Wolf’s people could have done it for Moscow. The Mossad could have arranged the sending of the moronic messages from East Berlin as part of their Trojan Horse operation to sink Tripoli. Then the Yanks and the Brits had their only guilty pasts to worry about.

    No wonder Gaddafi had no excuses for the gigantic blunder when interviewed about it. One can only wonder why the interviewer didn’t press him to explain why.

  • Granni Trixie

    If my loved one had been murdered because anyone (in this case outside NI) had supplied ammunition I would be pursuing them. This case brings home the reality of the residual anger of victims in NI.

  • Andy

    Jimmy
    Yes – agreed.

    Cheers
    Andy