Scotland’s foolish “mercy”

On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 aboard and 11 on the ground. The plane was brought down by a bomb planted by Libyan terrorist Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was later arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment…

…That is, until al-Megrahi contracted prostate cancer, and was released back to Libya on ‘humanitarian grounds.’ There was a tremendous outcry at the time from victims’ families, but that didn’t matter to the Scottish government.

But this might:

A doctor who said the man convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 had only three months to live now says the Libyan could survive another 10 years, London’s Sunday Times reported….

Specialist Karol Sikora told the newspaper it was “embarrassing” that al-Megrahi, who has prostate cancer and received a hero’s welcome upon his return to Libya, had managed to outlive the prognosis. 

The report is sure to re-ignite accusations that Scottish authorities bowed to pressure from Libya and the British government to release al-Megrahi, who American officials accuse of being an officer of the Libyan intelligence service. 

Those responsible for releasing this murderer back to his gushing Libyan fan club deserve every condemnation they receive.

 

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Brian Saint-Paul was the editor and publisher of Crisis Magazine. He has a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America, in Washington. D.C. In addition to various positions in journalism and publishing, he has served as the associate director of a health research institute, a missionary, and a private school teacher. He lives with his wife in a historic Baltimore neighborhood, where he obsesses over Late Antiquity.

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