Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence agent convicted of carrying out the airplane bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, was released from prison on humanitarian grounds in 2009. He was supposedly dying of terminal prostate cancer.
He returned to Libya as a national hero, celebrated and coddled by the Qaddafi regime. Over two years later, Megrahi is now 58 years old, and doing fine. In fact, he just turned up at a big rally in support of Qaddafi, and appeared on Libyan state television. It would seem that none of the ordnance NATO has been dropping on Tripoli found its way into his bedroom.
British foreign secretary William Hague said Megrahi’s appearance was “a further reminder that a great mistake was made when he was released. This was absolutely the wrong thing to do. It shows the medical advice it was based on was pretty much worthless.”
Too bad nobody thought to get a second opinion… or better yet, paused to reflect that what Megrahi really deserved was the fastest and most unpleasant ride to Hell available. Megrahi and his boss, Moammar Qaddafi, didn’t demonstrate much concern for “humanitarian considerations” when they turned a plane full of innocent people into a fireball.
“I think many people, particularly the families of those killed at Lockerbie, I think their anger and outrage at this release will be further intensified by what we have seen,” Hague continued. Really? So what? What are you going to do about it? Attack Libya? When you coddle terrorists today, you set up tomorrow’s impotent regrets.
The Scottish government is not pleased at Hague second-guessing their wise and compassionate medical experts. According to the UK Telegraph, a Scottish spokesman insisted, “It is clear that only the Scottish Government played with a straight bat on this matter, while the UK Government said one thing in public and another in private. The Scottish Parliament Justice Committee examined all relevant aspects of this issue, and concluded that the decision was taken in good faith.”
Here’s a bit of advice: next time, take your “straight bat” to the bloody terrorist murderer. Then you won’t have to fume in useless rage when he lives to a ripe old age and turns up on television in his dotage, applauding the dictator who is about to win a military stalemate through endurance.