SWP and Lockerbie: Conspiracy Theorists

On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie as a result of a bomb that detonated in the cargo area of the plane.  270 people were killed as a result of this wicked act. On August 15, 2003, Libya admitted that it was responsible for the explosion.

On January 7, 1989, just over two weeks after the bombing, Socialist Worker (PDF),  the newspaper of the communist, Socialist Workers Party, published a front page article on this disaster. The headline was “Who’s really to blame for terror?” The article commenced as follows:

NO ONE knows who planted the bomb which blew apart the Pan Am jumbo jet that crashed into Lockerbie just before Christmas….

None of the groups the CIA and the press most suspect have claimed responsibility.

In a box at the end of the article, the Socialist Workers Party provide the answer:

Suspect no one names

WHILE THE hunting of fictitious bombers goes on, one prime suspect goes unmentioned: Mossad, the Israeli security service.

Even in the callous world of espionage, Mossad is a byword for brutality.

It’s certainly possible its agents could have had the bomb planted, knowing Arab “terrorists” would get the blame and thus discredit PLO leader Yasser Arafat’s new understanding with the White House.

In the article itself, the following question is posed: “Why is there terrorism?” According to Socialist Worker, the answer risks revealing:

the attempted assassination of a whole people – the Palestinians – by the Israeli state, supported by the United States and Britain.

This post deserves to be filed under “Moonbattery.”