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Pan Am 103: Hollywood sometimes does not have a heart by Jesse Bluma

Pan Am 103:  Hollywood sometimes does not have a heart.

Hollywood sometimes does not have a heart.  Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi is believed to have ordered the December 21, 1988, bombing of a real life Pan Am airliner.  Twenty-three years later Gadhafi was killed by rebels in Libya.  During his rule "purification laws" were implemented that ordered amputation of body limbs as punishment.  He, his family, and other elites controlled the economy, Libyan natural resources, and companies.  Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only person ever convicted in connection with the 1988 bombing of the plane over Lockerbie, Scotland died in 2012 at his home in Tripoli, Libya.  

The importance of understanding history and humanity is revealed when it is not in put into practice.  Hollywood stars from Mickey Rourke, Eva Amurri, Forest Whitaker, Adrien Brody, BeyoncĂ©, Mariah Carey, Usher have all been on the Gadhafi payroll for movies and private singing events.  When students ask as to why history is important the story of Gadhafi helps to illustrate the reason.  For the post-modernists the Hollywood connection does not matter.  When the haze and daze of post-modern think is lifted maybe consumers will think before they buy their next movie or song.  

Jonathan White

There were many on board Pan Am 103 in 1988, among those an American named Jonathan White.  He was the son of actor David White, perhaps best known for his roll on Bewitched.   

David White (right)

News Reports:  Pan Am and Gadhafi


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