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How Blair let down local victims of Gaddafi

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God knows who or what will replace him. But for the moment it's hard not to feel a little surge of slap-it-up-ye as the people rise up against the vile Colonel Gaddafi in Libya.

Where he will eventually be forced to pitch his tent, who's to say? But if it brings just a little discomfort to a man who wreaked such misery in this place, it'll be some small justice. The routing of the Gaddafi regime will reverberate in Northern Ireland.

A landmark case being taken by IRA victims represented by H2O, the same brilliant legal team who took the Omagh civil action, aimed to win compensation from Gaddafi for the lives destroyed by the weaponry with which he supplied the Provos.

If successful, thousands of local families stood to gain some financial recognition for their suffering. Where that case stands now remains to be seen. But the pressing question is - could it already have been won had the British government, under Blair and then Brown, weighed in behind it with more enthusiasm?

After pressure from the US administration, the victims of Lockerbie won compensation from Gaddafi. American victims of violence he helped support were also recognised. But shamefully the battle for compensation for local victims could hardly be said to have been pursued with vigour at government level.

It's not looking good either of course, for Tony Blair's much vaunted legacy, once again in the spotlight over his shabby peace-making methods and his embrace (literally) of terrorism in the guise of the scheming pantomime Colonel.

My sympathy though, is spared for those whose legacy has been grief and pain - courtesy of the Semtex and weaponry supplied by the evil tyrant of Libya to his terrorist brothers-in-arms back here.

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