Thursday, August 20, 2009

Scotland Releases Lockerbie Bomber

The Scottish government has released Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi on "compassionate grounds."

Convicted for killing 270 people aboard Pan Am Flight 103 as well as on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland in December 1988, al-Megrahi has terminal prostate cancer and is expected to die within the next three months.

I say then let nature take its course. The Scots are showing far more compassion to al-Megrahi than al-Megrahi showed to those 270 people. If this atrocity doesn't warrant a life sentence then nothing does.

To its credit, the Obama Administration has publicly expressed its dismay with al-Megrahi's release. Of the 270 people killed that day, 180 were American.

In analyzing al-Megrahi's release the BBC asks:

Why is there so much anger in the US?

Many US relatives of those who died are convinced of Megrahi's guilt.

Well, so are the Scottish judges who convicted him in 2001.

Yes, there are those who think he is innocent. It is quite possible he did not act alone but that does not mean he did not participate. It doesn't nullify his culpability. Besides if al-Megrahi's was truly innocent he would not have dropped his appeal.

It is expected that al-Megrahi will go back to his native Libya to live out his final days where he will be lauded as a hero. Meanwhile, the Scottish government has just spit in the graves of 270 people. Absolutely shameful.


henry young said...

What, all we all of a sudden giving out FREE Lunches? Since when??? Under what premise? Did this guy learn his lesson? Who knows, right? Well I guess we’ll have to find out the hard way, maybe???

Anonymous said...

SCOTLAND FOR INDEPENDENCE !! Get them away from us, we should not be associated with these backwardly political idiots. It just shows you how politically immature they are to run a country. I do not know anyone in the UK who is NOT disgusted by this action, we are all in shock. wow JF from Banbury, UK

Anonymous said...

Independence for Scotland should have happened centuries ago, their politicians should hang their heads in shame, no sensitivity even for their own kind. What ever next? Or is this a clever political stunt to be noticed and gets lots more loans?
No need to know who I am amongst the millions of English who mourned with the American losses with the same feeling utter disgust.

theiratedog said...

I'm going to say something that I think a lot of people here will object to - the release was a good idea.
No, this guys didn't show any compassion to his victims (if indeed he is actually guilty of these crimes), but is that really an excuse for us to do the same? Releasing him on compassionate grounds just proves that we're better than him. If we'd kept him and let him die in prison then we'd be on a moral par with the terrorists.

Don't you think?