America’s Role in Lockerbie Bomber’s Release

by Ryan on July 26, 2010

in History,International Relations,Media Bias,Politics,UK Politics,War on Terror

The Dem’s insatiable appetite to drive a political point home inadvertently may have gone too far.  In the wake of the BP Gulf Oil Spill, Democrats wanted to pound the demonization of BP by investigating further, looking into a potential link between BP and the 2009 release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the man charged, tried and convicted of the 1988 Pan-Am Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, in exchange for a $1 billion oil exploration deal between Libya and BP.  Altogether, 270 people, including 189 Americans were killed in that terrorist attack.

Al-Megrahi was serving a life sentence in Scotland, but had terminal prostate cancer.  Scotland decided to released him to Libya last August.  At the time, the administration said that they objected to this move.

President Obama further indicated last week that Americans were “surprised, disappointed and angry” to hear of the release.  That was true, but it has come to light that the Obama Administration knew about the release beforehand and preferred the “compassionate release” of al-Megrahi to Libyan hands rather than a promise of al-Megrahi being put in a Libyan jail.

Maybe in the British health care system his diagnosis was definite doom, but the problem is that nearly a year later al-Megrahi is still alive and apparently doing well, free as a bird in Libya.  I agree with British Prime Minister David Cameron that al-Megrahi, the biggest mass-murderer in British history, should have remained rotting in a Scottish prison rather than released under the most favorable conditions (as we now know) based on American pressure.  This is all very disgusting.

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