Opinion: Justice for Libya, and Pan Am victims
October 20th, 2011
05:06 PM ET

Opinion: Justice for Libya, and Pan Am victims

By Brian Flynn, Special to CNN

Editor's note: Brian Flynn is the brother of Lockerbie victim J.P. Flynn and vice president of Pan Am 103, an advocacy organization. He is a business adviser.

Many times I've watched in dismay as crowds of Moammar Gadhafi supporters gathered to wave flags in front of Libya's former dictator - in particular, two years ago, when the convicted murderer Abdul Al Megrahi returned to his home country under the guise of near-death, to be welcomed as a hero, banners waving, Gadhafi embracing the man who helped him kill my brother.

We watched in jaw-dropped horror as these two conspirators embraced in front of what we believed to be a throng of paid political cheerleaders.

We'd often heard that part of the way Gadhafi kept up the sparkly image of a happy, well-led people was to pay them to show up and look as though they were viewing a god. It's classic imperial propaganda: Make sure the little people show the love when the cameras are on. It's a method designed by Joseph Goebbels and painstakingly perfected by Gadhafi.

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Filed under: Gadhafi • Libya • Living With Terror • NTC • Opinion • Terrorism
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  1. Connor Dorsey

    Congradulations libya! Syria...your next.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:23 am | Reply

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