Comments on: Remembering Lockerbie http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/08/20/remembering-lockerbie/ What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Frances http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/08/20/remembering-lockerbie/comment-page-1/#comment-339064 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 02:16:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=13513#comment-339064 Any air disaster hits people emotionally, especially those who are the family and friends of those who die. Also the people who are first on the scene, whether to provide help or to record it in words and photographs. My heart goes out to all of them.However I commend the decision of the Scottish Justice Secretary and am proud to be a descendant of that land.The case for al-Megrahi’s conviction was based on questionable evidence, and the background is briefly and well presented in Gwynne Dyer’s article athttp://www.straight.com/article-248956  /gwynne-dyer-almegrahi-free-because-cas e-was-so-weak.I encourage US citizens to read it, and also to take note of the photographs in Greg Bos post above. They show what an actual plane crash looks like, and can be considered and compared with photographs from the Pentagon and Shanksville.I respectfully suggest that US citizens need to question their own government’s actions, not those of other countries, and a big thank you to those in the US who are already doing so.

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By: Phil Taylor http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/08/20/remembering-lockerbie/comment-page-1/#comment-339057 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 18:13:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=13513#comment-339057 Indeed, why is America taking the moral high ground?Having previously armed the Taliban, who are now killing British Soldiers, we are not impressed.Lets not start on extraordinary rendition, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Capital Punishment, wavering on banning land mines, and any other of the collection of moral dodginess they seem to get up to.How about the extra bodies that a local GP checking the caasualties found that were not listed on the passenger list? Could we have some explanations?It was indeed a terrible tragedy, and I worked for a while with one of the victims relatives, and saw the effect it had on her family’s life.Libya’s jubilation sticks in my throat. However, the decision was an independent judicial one, nothing to to with either the Scottish or British Government.As for Americans holidaying in Ireland rather than the UK, the British still remember that large numbers of Americans helped fund the IRA, and their terror attacks on the British mainland and Northern Ireland. It took 911 to wake the USA up to the reality of what funding ‘freedom fighters’ could actually mean.

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By: Alx http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/08/20/remembering-lockerbie/comment-page-1/#comment-339054 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 17:34:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=13513#comment-339054 Good piece.The whole story appears far from straight forward and it is worth checking out Dr Jim Swire’s websitehttp://www.lockerbietruth.com/ (Swire’s daughter was one of the victims).The media frenzy surrounding Mr Al-Megrahi’s return to Libya, despite assurances having been given that there would not be a ‘heroes welcome,’ can only be described as shameful.My heart bleeds for all victims of injustice, the pages of history are stained with their tears; My Lai, Air India Flight 182, and the countless numbers in Iraq and Afghanistan …Only one thing is an absolute certainty; the USA is in no position to adopt the moral high ground.

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By: Paul http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/08/20/remembering-lockerbie/comment-page-1/#comment-339039 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 01:05:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=13513#comment-339039 As the attack happened over Scotland, it was the Scottish Judicial system that prosecuted and jailed the Libyan. It was the Scottish system that released him. Why they did it you’ll have to ask them.You are swallowing the lies that the Libyans have disseminated.

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By: Kathy http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/08/20/remembering-lockerbie/comment-page-1/#comment-339018 Sat, 22 Aug 2009 07:56:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=13513#comment-339018 Not too long ago the US snubbed its nose at the UK and housed 4 detainees from Guantanamo bay in the overseas territory of Bermuda angering the UK government.Is this the UK’s way of political retaliation against the US? It is humanitarian in nature (like the Guantanamo deal) and involves David Milliband (the foreign secretary to the UK who was shamed for allowing the Guantanamo deal to go through).Smells like a political deal to subliminally punish the US.Kathy

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By: Tomozawa Junji http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/08/20/remembering-lockerbie/comment-page-1/#comment-339012 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 10:44:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=13513#comment-339012 Dear Greg Bos,I live in Tokyo,Japan.Your story is a very good one,full of small detailswhich only someone who intimatey experienced can write.Some 20 years ago, a Reuters photographer developedhis films in a hotel bathroom where I supposehe could barely see things in red light.Color pictures were separated into three basic colorsand then transmitted on the telephone lines.The punch line came near the end of the story where you confessed that after the local church service it really hit you home…Expecting to be able to read another story like this one.

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By: Phil Maddison http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2009/08/20/remembering-lockerbie/comment-page-1/#comment-339010 Fri, 21 Aug 2009 08:34:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photo/?p=13513#comment-339010 I lost three of my family in this disaster and spent endless hours calling the family hot line that night to be told what we already feared. My mother lost her brother I lost my Uncle an my cousin who was not even sixteen. Eight years for 270 lives sums up British justice in one word (PATHETIC). This man who I cannot bring myself to mention,is home to die in dignaty with his family at his side, 3 months, 6 months whenever that day of justice comes,at least they get to say goodbye to one another, we didn’t all we have is memories and a Christmas card that arrived on the mat the day a large part of our close family died.

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