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Son of Milk Snatcher arrested in Cape Town

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Mark Thatcher’s (son of former British PM and ogre Margaret Thatcher) arrest in Cape Town for allegedly helping in the plot to overthrow the Equatorial Guinean government, is the latest twist in this sad saga.    About 70  the group of  mercenaries involved in the coup attempt are presently on trial in Zimbabwe whilst a further 15 are in EG..Mail & Guardina online

So it seems that Mark Thatcher’s slimey underworld life of arms dealing and who knows what else has caught up with him.   When he was arrested he was on his way to resettle in the US (Texas) his bags packed, cars sold, house on the market and wife and kids flights booked.  The story is quite complicated with Thatcher being linked in various ways to other coup plotters including his best friend one Simon Mann ex SAS officer and mercenary and one Neil Steyl a former pilot for mercenary group called  Executive Outcomes

Reading the various news reports, this  coup was different in that it was not an "internal" group employing the services of mercenaries to overthrow a government but  according to the Straits Times  the coup was planned  "by old Etonians and other members of the British elite in an attempt to get a share of the country’s petrodollars.

The plan: Send in a motley crew of European, Asian and African mercenaries to force out the oil-rich ruler of one of the world’s most corrupt regimes and put a more malleable figure in his place.

The prize: Deals with Africa’s third-largest oil producer and the hundreds of millions of dollars it earns annually from a West African petroleum boom that has given this nation of 500,000 the world’s fastest-growing economy.

Thatcher is accused of being the money man behind the coup attempt along with bag man Elie Khalil. 

3 Comments

  1. Here is a link to a rant by a British journalist, Daniel, who has put together the nature of the relationships between the persons behind the scene in a flow chart.

    http://www.danielbrett.com/2004_08_01_archive.html#109346179249485477

    Surely a clever intrigue.

  2. “Son of Milk Snatcher” made me laugh. Heh.

    Found you over in the comments at passionofthepresent.org

    Great comment. Well said. I’d like to see people be more respectful of natural resources. Maybe the only way to do that is by hitting their pockets. Perhaps Britain is introducing taxation to try and curb people from having ridiculous vehicles like Range Rovers just to drive around town in. Those gas guzzlers are like tanks and are a nuisance in towns and cities. And, in cities to see miles of traffic and roads choked up with large cars just carrying one person (the driver) seems barmy. But like smoking and drinking, the more tax that is put on, the more ways people will invent to keep on doing what they want. Maybe good public transport is the key, to stop people from using cars so often. Traffic causes so much pollution. It’s been said that one should not push a baby in a pram along a pavement in a town because it breathes in toxic fumes from the exhaust pipes of passing vehicles. If an alternative could be found – or demand reduced – for oil there wouldn’t be such trouble over it. Certain animal skins and ivory used to be treasured and traded but now is virtually worthless because it is illegal to trade. Some days I think the world is going mad. Yesterday I read that the seas are so dangerously polluted by noise that it is beaching and killing the whales and upsetting the lives of all sorts of underwater creatures — noise from oil drilling, submarines, shipping, sonar equipment etc. all interferes with life undersea to such an extent that the creatures cannot hear each other calling and talking. Sad.

  3. have you seen this new Thatcher game ‘Whack-a-miner’ at http://www.milksnatcher.com ?
    Check it out. Whack-those miners for maggie.