You all know about the Scottish government’s insane decision to free the mass murdering Lockerbie bomber on “compassion” grounds. You also all know about the government-sponsored rapturous, hero’s welcome this same mass murderer received upon his arrival in Libya. That’s yesterday’s news. Steve Schippert, who blogs at ThreatsWatch, finds the ultimate cruel irony, though. Click through to this photograph (which I don’t reproduce here for copyright reasons) and check out the logo on the boarding stairs taking al-Megrahi to freedom and a peaceful death. Then, come back and contemplate Steve’s words:
The irony is bitter, biting and painful. Shame on one single judge in the Scottish judicial system who, alone, has thumbed his nose at justice and the whole of the West. A scar Scotland will not soon erase.
To which I will add that the British pull this stunt a lot: taking a brutal murderer, condemned to life in prison, and then releasing him on compassionate grounds to die at home. This is only the most visible example of a noxious trend that allows someone who committed heinous murders to enjoy a peaceful death in the arms of loved ones. It’s one thing to take a stand against the death penalty (not a stand with which I agree, but one that can be intellectually defended) and another thing entirely to come up with this soft-headed compassion that grants to a cold-blooded killer a reprieve from the very essence of his sentence — life, a whole life, in prison.
One more thing: to give credit where credit is due, the Obama administration, so far, is appropriately outraged by this insult to justice and decency.