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Lockerbie Bomber Released Back To Libya, But Why?

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The lone defendant in the Pan Am 103 bombing was inexplicably freed yesterday:

TRIPOLI, Libya – The only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing returned home Thursday to a cheering crowd after his release from a Scottish prison — an outrage to many relatives of the 270 people who perished when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded.

President Barack Obama said the Scottish decision to free terminally ill Abdel Baset al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds was a mistake and said he should be under house arrest. Obama warned Libya not to give him a hero’s welcome.

Despite the warning, thousands of young men were on hand at a Tripoli airport where al-Megrahi’s plane touched down. Some threw flower petals as he stepped from the plane.

Unbelievable. How do you let a man who orchestrated and carried out a terrorist attack that left 270 people dead go scot-free? That is a gross miscarriage of justice. I feel bad for the families. All the memories and pain are now back in full force. Imagine being a relative and turning on the TV only to see the Lockerbie Bomber greeted like a hero in Libya. It’s unfathomable.

The question the families and members of the media immediately began asking was, “why?” Why did they suddenly free a man who had been given much deserved life-sentence?

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said although al-Megrahi had not shown compassion to his victims — many of whom were American college students flying home to New York for Christmas — MacAskill was motivated by Scottish values to show mercy.

“Some hurts can never heal, some scars can never fade,” MacAskill said. “Those who have been bereaved cannot be expected to forget, let alone forgive … However, Mr. al-Megrahi now faces a sentence imposed by a higher power.”

So, after arbitrarily deciding that because “hurt can never heal” and “scars can never fade”, you come to the grand conclusion that he should be freed? Because there’s a sentence imposed on him by a higher power? How about a life sentence and the sentence from the higher power? Seems reasonable to me. That sentence he’s referring to, by the way, is prostate cancer. He only has a few months to live.

…and the problem is?

I’m generally a compassionate person, but I wonder: Why can’t they just let him live his last few months, um I don’t know, in prison? Why is his life getting so much consideration? He had no consideration for the 270 lives he took on December 21st, 1988. They had much longer than a few months to live.

Still, though, the humanitarian excuse seems fishy. Anyone in Scotland with a brain knows that this is a highly controversial guy who’s release is bound to draw a massive uproar. I don’t buy this whole, “he’s dying from cancer” thing. And even if that was the reason, why take him back to Libya? Scotland, a country that’s part of the United Kingdom, has one of the top-tier health care systems in the world. They’re ranked 18th, and Libya is ranked 87th. I call bullshit on highly doubt the humanitarian angle. So, again, why back to Libya?

Gordon Brown has been accused of rushing through the ratification of a treaty with Tripoli that could pave the way for the repatriation of the Lockerbie bomber as part of a British push to protect oil interests in Libya.

Amid signs that a decision on the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi could be made within days, senior MPs and peers said ministers in London had overlooked human rights in their haste to ratify the agreement.

See, my friends? There’s always a logical explanation for even the most senseless of decisions! The U.K. gets about 40% of its oil from Libya. This was merely an opportunity give a diplomatic back rub to Gaddafi in exchange for black gold. It’s that simple.

What a nice middle-finger to the relatives who lost loved ones that fateful day.

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Written by PJ

August 21, 2009 at 4:17 pm

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