Given the circumstances, timeframe, and information at hand, you took the only action possible to safeguard your ship and your people."--Charles H. Price II, US ambassador to Great Britain, in a letter to USS Vincennes Captain Will C. Rogers IIIThe American ambassador to Great Britain has sent the captain of the cruiser Vincennes a congratulatory message. The rather unusual message was circulated through the Navy Department in Washington, D.C.Price told Rogers that he understood "how extremely concerned you must be about the episode in the Persian Gulf.""I join other Americans in congratulating you for having done your duty," he wrote.
Back to the Present - Around the world, many people have reacted to this week's news that Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi may be soon freed and sent home.Dr. Jim Swire, who lost his daughter Flora in the Lockerbie tragedy, is adamant that a full hearing would expose the "appalling collusion of Britain and America.""There may be an attempt to remove the awkward problem of Megrahi by allowing him to return home and to remove the possibility of a public examination of the evidence.""Such a move would be a bit of a downer to those still seeking the truth," Dr. Swire added. Read full story