The Internet is full of speculations and rumours at the moment about Libya's Aids children and the faith of the Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor who has now been granted the Bulgarian nationality.
As usual nothing there is to be considered good news for the Libyans, if the news that Libya is to accept $400 million, about $1 million per family, is true what does that tell us? while many would consider $1 million a lot of money, it is not when it comes to compensating you for infecting your child with a deadly virus, its not a lot when medical treatments would cost a lot more for the duration of their life.
Libya led the world in proving that human life is worth at least $10 million when Libya agreed to pay this sum for the Lockerbie victims yet Libya is telling the world now that this only applies if you are not Libyan!
Many years have passed since this tragedy started, Libya shouted and screamed at the world to show their mercy to the children yet Libya never even attempted to make their life that little bit more comfortable let alone treat them with good medical care and respect.
Libya insisted on convicting the Bulgarian nurses and the doctor yet never really provided or showed the world any convincing evidence towards their conviction, no Libyan minister of health was ever prosecuted! no Libyans were ever stopped from working with the Libyan health system, I am just trying to imagine if this tragedy happened in Britain, what would happen? one thing for sure, The Health minister would go followed by many people in the NHS even if the culprits were foreign nationals.
After all this time and money spent to argue Libya's case they are saying Libyans are worth less than anyone else. Libya should not have ever asked for compensation, Libya does not need the money to look after its people, Libyans have been humiliated yet again just to save face but not to save life, we Libyans again prove to the world that we are the richest country with the poorest people, we have an Arabic saying: تمخض جبلآ فولد فأرآ , meaning a mountain gave birth to a mouse. لكم الله ياأطفال وشباب بنغازي
On the other hand, I would like to congratulate Bulgaria for sticking by its citizens, for never forgetting them, for never sparing any expense to show the world their plight. Europeans value their people even if they were guilty they will still do their best to get their citizens treated in the best possible way. There is a big lesson there for Libya on how to respect its own people and the sad thing is that we would probably never find out who the real culprits of this tragedy are.