So why bother bargaining? As Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said Monday, the proposal is "a way to call the Libyan government's bluff," whether or not it results in a trial. "The U.S. is being pragmatic," says Waller. "If Ghaddafi accepts, then this is the best justice the U.S. -- and the victims' families -- are going to get. If not, the U.S. will use his refusal as fodder to convince the U.N. Security Council to keep the sanctions on."
WASHINGTON: The U.S. has offered Muammar Ghaddafi nearly everything he asked for: The two suspects in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Scotland, if handed over by Libya, would be tried in a third-party country -- the Netherlands -- and by Scottish judges. But the U.S. isn't expecting Ghaddafi to accept. "This all may be for show," says TIME Washington correspondent Douglas Waller. "Ghaddafi must have ordered the bombings -- there are no rogue agents in Libya -- and it's hardly likely that he'll turn over two of his lieutenants."