Subsequently, there had been reports about the British Petroleum (BP) allegedly putting pressure on the Scottish authorities to secure Megrahi’s release to gain access to oil fields in Libya. BP has since admitted to lobbying the British government in 2007 over a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya, but the energy giant denied any involvement specific to Megrahi’s case.
sara I believe you need to perform a mea culpa to matt.
No, Matt, there are objective facts here, and you missed them. BP did lobby Scotland to enact the Prisoner Transfer Agreement with Libya, and even assuming their goal was specifically to free al-Megrahi (and that looks to be the case), the responsibility for the release lies with the Scottish Executive. Is it “progressive” to shift the blame to the private sector when government is at fault?
BP is a company that, like any public corporation, is supposed act in the best interests of its shareholders, and follow the laws in doing so. Government is supposed to act in the best interests of the people it serves. Which failed in its duty here?
Looking out for its shareholders by pressing for prisoner releases of terrorists who blow up civilian airplanes (or cutting corners when deep sea drilling) may be good for the short-term bottom line, but it’s undeniably cynical, breathtakingly slimy and utterly despicable, so I drew a cartoon about it. For the record, I drew a cartoon ridiculing the Scottish Govt. too when they released al-Megrahi.
Just what we need, ANOTHER apologist for BP, and rapacious corporations in general, in the person of this Sara.
So, BP’s making payoffs and putting pressure on politicians makes it entirely the politicians’ fault?
When a murder-for-hire is committed or attempted, the guilt doesn’t belong to just the person who pulled the trigger, but the one who initiated the conspiracy.
When perjury is committed in court, it’s not just the person who spoke the lies who’s liable for prosecution, but also anyone who suborned that perjury.
BP’s very dirtiest deeds aren’t spread over the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, but in their corporate boardrooms, the bank accounts where they paid their lobbyists, and the back alleys where they inspired their apologists like you, Sara.
Maybe you should change your name to Rage on the Hudson- leave Sara M alone; she is just pointing out that this bit about BP is the democratic talking point de jour, and Matt takes it and runs with it because thats what he does. Not Proven Yet.
Sara & Greg appear to still be smarting over the Little Shrub’s party no longer being in power. They have an opinion, but is it based in fact? I think not and it’s just their excuse to see their name in print. Brilliant cartoon, Matt. I think it was well thought out, drawn and captioned. Awaiting the onslaught …..
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Matt Davies is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Journal News. Born in London, he immigrated to the United States in 1983 and pursued his love of drawing, writing and making fun of people in positions of power throughout his educational career, while fitting in schoolwork in his spare time.