Friday, August 21, 2009

Inappropriate, Unwise, and Wrong

Today I heard on NPR News that a Scottish Trade Minister described the "hero's welcome" that convicted mass murderer & Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi got in Tripoli last night as "Inappropriate, Unwise and Wrong". Well, sorry Scotland, but your "compassionate decision" to release this guy in time for Ramadan, was "Inappropriate, Unwise and Wrong". What else did you expect? House arrest, without prior guarantees? really? I'd always thought the Scots were a more savvy ethnic group than that, and not so remarkably naïve.

If al-Megrahi really WAS NOT guilty, then who in Libya was offering up leads to, investigations of, support for, finding who the "real culprits" were? What over-whelming exculpatory evidence was shown pre- or during trial? Oh wait, there wasn't any.

I've flown over Scotland in 747s, 777s, 757s, 767s, AB-321s, AB-330s, and I've found it really hard to put out of my mind, that in the cargo hold, there might be some plastique planted into a jam box, or suit case, or shampoo bottle by a mis-guided jihadist that'll kill me and everyone around me. That makes it quite hard to feel bad for a Libyan dieing of prostate cancer who was convicted in a western court of mass murder.

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