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A friend of mine was on that delayed plane out of Tripoli. You remember the one? We saw images of it stuck on the runway at Gatwick, some technical problems making take-off impossible.
When the late Professor Fred Halliday made the case that the London School of Economics should not accept a £1.5 million Qaddafi Foundation grant, his expert and political/moral opinion was met with an air of polite condescension from on high. The 'realists' of course knew best. Except that now they realise they didn't.