View Full Version : "We will buy a nuclear reactor" Saif al-Islam, Gaddafi's son, told Le Figaro

8th Dec 2007, 10:09

"We will buy more than EUR3 billion worth of Airbus (planes), a nuclear reactor, and we also want to buy numerous pieces of military equipment," Saif al-Islam, Gaddafi's son, told Le Figaro in an interview due to be published on Saturday.

Yesterdays terrorrist, todays customer :hmm:

8th Dec 2007, 11:16
Three steps ahead of the Australians, anyway.

Load Toad
8th Dec 2007, 11:54
Or in the case of Iran, Iraq etc - yesterdays customer - today's terrorist.

So what? All power to 'em - I hope they get a reactor, 'planes and all sorts of stuff - it seems to be doing Pakistan OK and India.

tony draper
8th Dec 2007, 11:56
Buggah!an his Da still lives in a tent.:rolleyes:

11th Dec 2007, 13:44
According to this Le Monde (http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,[email protected]823448,[email protected],0.html) article today, a series of contracts between France and Libya were signed yesterday evening, worth about 10 billion. That includes 21 Airbus passenger jets worth 3.2 billion (at list price).

Less satisfactory perhaps, is the memorandum of understanding whereby France will supply one or more nuclear reactors in order to power seawater dessalination plants. It seems like only the day before yesterday that Libya was a pariah-state. Then literally yesterday, Britain and America accepted billions of dollars of Libyan blood-money wiping the slate clean. And today, we have the French selling them nuclear power plants. Maybe the French could assuage British concerns by arranging for spent fuel at the new Libyan reactors to be reprocessed at Sellafield instead of La Hague? Unless of course the Libyans hold all the cards and insist on sending it to Iran?!

Just as worrying (or not, depending on how good you think French military equipment really is), the BBC reports (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7135788.stm) that: On the arms sector, the two signed a memorandum of co-operation, with Libya promising to negotiate exclusively with France for all future military purchases. No more details were given. Which gives some basis to the rumours that the French may actually be considering supplying the Libyans with the Rafale. Hopefully, the French won't be selling the identical configurations of that aircraft to the ones used by their own forces...or else they intend to install multiple non-detectable remotely-activated devices so that the (Libyan) Rafales self-destruct on command by Nicolas Sarkozy?! On the other hand, should the UK ever need to confront a Rafale-equipped Libyan air force at some future date, it should jolt some people into remembering the past efficiency of the French Exocet missile back in the early '80s. And why, the UK might well have been advised to have selected a moderately-priced "in active service" Rafale "in search of its 1st export customer" to equip the UK's own 2 new (French-inspired) aircraft carriers - instead of the US (drawing-board) JSF version. Even if it were only to placate the French...?! :O

BTW, that Rafale which crashed on Dec. 6th (http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?t=303599) - wasn't zapped by some space-based secret weapon by somebody wanting the French to consider future actions very carefully...?! :uhoh: