Thursday, August 20, 2009

Looking at Lockerbie

Abdel Baset al-Megrahi killed 270 people in 1988, but today is the beneficiary of extraordinary Scottish mercy.
The AP reports Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill is allowing al-Megrahi, who is terminally ill with prostate cancer, to return home to Libya on "compassionate release," in time for Ramadan.

"Our belief dictates that justice be served but mercy be shown, [and] Mr. al-Megrahi now faces a sentence imposed by a higher power," the Justice commented.

al-Megrahi has been serving a life sentence for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in which 259 people aboard perished, most of them Americans, along with 11 victims on the ground.

There is a palpable level of public outrage over the release of al-Megrahi.
Two thoughts:

There is no wrong, no ill-deed, no sin that cannot be forgiven. There are conditions to receiving that forgiveness—it’s not automatic, and it’s not free.
It cost a life.
Whether you kill one person or 270—you can be forgiven.

Secondly, Scotland is proving it is bigger than this worthless piece of human trash by showing him more mercy than he ever imagined; certainly more compassion than he showed the people on Flight 103.

With the media hype and wall-to-wall coverage of his released, it may well be the ultimate irony that al-Meghrai may wish to be back in protective custody before this is all over.

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