I have't read anything by Thomas Mountain, but Louis Proyect's discrediting of Susan Lindauer sounds weak to me, and basically amounts to saying, that unless it is published on multiple mainstream media sources, the word of a single whistleblower is so untrustworthy as to be not fitting to appear on Counterpunch. I think that's quite the other extreme.
Besides, in the same WSWS article that Proyect scorned, there is this relevant passage that he inexplicably ignores:
Gaddafi also attempted to force the international oil companies (IOCs) to contribute to the US-Libya Claims Compensation Agreement. Signed in August 2008, the agreement established a
fund for victims of bombings involving the two countries. Two February 2009 cables report that Libya presented the oil companies with an ultimatum: contribute to the fund or “suffer serious consequences.” NOC chairman Shurki Ghanem explicitly referred to the threats made by Gaddafi to nationalise the oil industry. The US ambassador warned that “putting pressure on US companies ‘crossed a red line’.” He “urged Ghanem and his colleagues to consider the long-term relationship with the United States.”
This fund that Gaddafi wanted the oil companies to contribute to does include compensation for the Lockerbie bombing victim families, as this NYT article also mentions (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/24/world/africa/24qaddafi.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1
). Even though this is not the same as compensating Libya for the losses due to the economic sanctions due to Lockerbie, it is related enough that Proyect should have mentioned, if he himself were fair and unbiased in presenting facts.
The wikipedia entry on Lockerbie bombing does provide evidence strongly suggestive of a setup by CIA to frame Libya:
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Not long ago someone here (was it Larry, Mitchel?)
criticized me for making a blanket statement about how lame Counterpunch is these days, saying that I had spoiled an otherwise reasonable post. I didn't respond at the time, but should have, because Counterpunch has become so offbase and has so discredited the left recently with its constant stream of nonsense that it has become a problem and a liability. Louis Proyect has been taking these folks on lately, here is his latest post on Counterpunch's pro-Qaddafi stance.
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Last Wednesday an article titled “Lies of the Libyan War” by Thomas Mountain appeared on Counterpunch. My first reaction, even before reading it, was to wonder if Mountain was involved with a little bit of Freudian projection since most of what he writes about Libya is bullshit. But I was not prepared for this tidbit: [...]