I like it ever less now that the Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill freed the Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi. All the more reason to stick with good old Kentucky whiskey, Jack Daniels, and its top shelf Gentleman Jack.
MacAskill said a-Megrah's release was required by Scottish compassion law, commanding, as it were, that we be nice for the one person convicted of the murder of 270 victims in and over Lockerbie.The man has only up to three months to live because of his prostate cancer, you see, so compassion requires that he be allowed to expire in the arms of his loved ones.
It hardly needs to be pointed out about his failure to give his 270 victims time to die in the arms of their loved ones. For them, their deaths were a few seconds of agony and unimaginable fear. Keeping al-Megrahi in jail until his last moments--which we're supposed to believe would have been cruel--hardly compares to the horrors that he has inflicted on his victims, their families and their friends. It would have been justice if al-Megrahi had been strapped into a drone, flown to 30,000 feet and a bomb exploded to let him experience the joy of free-falling to his death.
What adds such interest to this pathetic story is how Scotland's justice minister MacAskill is expressing disappointment that al-Megrahi received a hero's welcome when he arrived back in Libya. MacAskill said he had received assurances from Libyan authorities that "any return would be dealt with in a low key and sensitive fashion....It is a matter of great regret that Mr. (al-) Megrahi was received in such an inappropriate manner. It showed no compassion or sensitivity to the families of the 270 victims of Lockerbie."
What's that? MacAskill accused the Libyans of having no compassion?!
Since I don't drink Scotch whiskey--Scotland's second biggest source of revenues after tourism--I can't very well express my loathing by not buying it anymore. But I would suggest that those who have some around the house dump it down the toilet where it belongs.
Here's another view from a Guardian blockhead who said, among other things, that he didn't much like the Obama administration criticizing the relelase:
But it has been the outrage of the Obama administration in
Washington that has been most difficult to stomach. Hillary Clinton's
cack-handed attempt to interfere in matters under the jurisdiction of
Holyrood last week was highly dubious. Scotland needs no lessons in
matters of fairness from a country that has been routinely
waterboarding suspects in Guantánamo Bay.
America bows to no one in the art of political expediency. Surely
that wasn't North Korea, top of the league in the axis of terror, that
Barack Obama's new best friend Bill Clinton was bending the knee to
earlier this month, to secure the release of two US nationals.
Intriguingly, neither the Washington Post or New York Times elected
to devote much coverage to Megrahi's release the following day. Like
most observers, they probably sense that many facts about 21 December
1988 will never emerge and that if justice truly has been dragged
through the mud then the process started in the weeks immediately
following Lockerbie.The next time Clinton calls to express her
disgust about the decision to send Megrahi home to die, perhaps someone
in the Scottish government could ask her in return about the leniency
shown to US soldiers involved in the Mai Lai massacre in 1968. And then
they can remind her about the US warship Vincennes, which blew an
Iranian Airbus and its 290 passengers out of the sky in 1988.
That's the other side of the story, for those who care to defend it.