A Criminal Enterprise

A Thoughtful Reflection on the Release of the Lockerbie Bomber

Posted in News by Bidish J. Sarma on August 28, 2009

I have been thinking quite a bit Scotland’s decision to release Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, better known as the Lockerbie bomber.  Though I think there are many legitimate concerns with his release (and the reception  he received in Libya upon his return), I appreciated Billy Sothern‘s thoughts on the topic:

But I found Secretary MacAskill’s speech remarkable, perhaps because I so rarely see compassion from the people with the political power to exercise it.

Given America’s lust for incarceration and punishment, I cannot imagine this speech ever being made by a politician with an American accent.

You can find Billy’s full post on his blog, Imperfectly Vertical, here.

Many questioned Scotland’s motives, and the decision came under intense fire by the United States government (including President Obama) — a political necessity, if not an understandable expression of outrage given our own nation’s recent struggle to cope with the staggering impact of the 9/11 attack.

Some may remain skeptical and reasonably doubt the sincerity of the compassion, but I hope we all at least think about Secretary MacAskill’s words.

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