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December 01, 1989 - Image 43

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-12-01

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route from London to New
York, reached its cruising
altitude over the Scottish
town of Lockerbie, an explo-
sion in the baggage hold
immediately under the
flight deck disabled the con-
trols, tore open the fragile
skin of the airliner and
dispatched 200 souls to obli-
vion.
Alarmed that meticulous
investigators were able to
piece together the tiny
fragments of fuselage and
luggage and point the finger
of responsibility directly at
his organization, Jibril
issued a stream of denials.
As the noose tightened last
weekend, he repeated his
denials and bravely declared
that he was willing to allow
his fighters to be questioned
by investigators from the
United States or Britain.
"I am prepared to send
them to a neutral country
like Switzerland on condi-
tion the Swiss will guar-
antee that they come to no
harm," he told an inter-
viewer for the London-based
Sunday Correspondent.
Western intelligence
agencies swiftly discounted
Jibril's protestations of in-
nocence, insisting that the
shadowy figure in Damascus
continues to head their list
of suspects as the man most
likely to have perpetrated
the attack on the Pan Am
airliner.
Jibril, inventor of the
barometric detonating
device which was used to
blast Pan Am Flight 103 out
of the sky at a pre-
determined altitude, had the
means, the motive and the
opportunity to perpetrate
the Pan Am atrocity.
Indeed, one of the principal
suspects in the case,
Mohammed Dalkamoni, a
senior member of Jibril's
central committee, is in a
West German prison follow-
ing a raid, reputedly
prompted by a tip-off from
Israeli intelligence, on a
group of Arabs just two mon-
ths before the Lockerbie
disaster.
Western intelligence
agencies believe that
Dalkamoni arranged the
logistics of the Pan Am at-
tack with the active coopera-
tion of the Iranian regime.
Dalkamoni, they also note,
was among those released by
Israel in the 1985 exchange
with Jibril.
Notwithstanding his
denials, Jibril demonstrated

no remorse for the loss of
American lives on the Pan
Am flight or elsewhere.
"I was happy to hear about
the Sal.. Francisco earth-
quake," tie boasted to the
British reporter. "I don't
know how I would have
managed to take revenge on
the United States, but it
seems that God did it for
me."
Whatever his grievance
against the United States —
presumably because of its
support for Israel — his
loathing for the British is
equally deep and, indeed,
dates back even further, to
the 1917 Balfour Declara-
tion which recognized the
right of the Jewish people to
a homeland in Palestine.
"It will be impossible for
us to forgive the Britons for
the crime they committed
against us 72 years ago and
which is still continuing to-
day. The day will come when
we will settle the account of
this crime," he warned his
British interviewer.
Nor is his hatred confined
to the United States, Britain
and Israel. Ahmed Jibril re-
serves a special place on his
hate list for Yassir Arafat.
While other Syrian-based
hard-liners — notably
George Habash and Naif
Hawatmeh — have managed
to bring themselves to an ac-
commodation of sorts with
the PLO leader, Jibril has
steadfastly rejected any
solution that involves con-
cessions to Israel.
Many Israelis believe that
the most terrifying scenario
of all is the prospect of
virulent, violent, uncom-
promising Islamic fun-
damentalism sweeping all
before it in the territories
and, ultimately, within
Israel's pre-1967 borders.
Ahmed Jibril shares this
vision and is now devoting
his energies and skills to
fostering just such an future.
He speaks with passion of
his Islamic soul and, in addi-
tion to paying obeisance to
his Syrian patrons, he
reveals his allegiance to the
Islamic revolutionary
regime in Iran.
Clearly miffed by the per-
sistent Palestinian support
for Arafat, he believes — as
Israelis fear — that the
future belongs to Hamas, the
home-grown fundamentalist
movement in Gaza, and
Islamic Jihad, the mother
and father of Iranian-
inspired terrorism abroad. 0

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