Lockerbie bomber died today: brother

posted at 11:01 am on May 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The strange and murderous journey of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi has finally come to a destination, at least according to his brother.  The Lockerbie bomber died in his bed this weekend of cancer almost three years after a sleazy deal with the British government sent him back to Libya:

The former Libyan intelligence officer convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people has died, his brother said on Sunday. He was 59.

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi died at home after a long battle with cancer. His health had deteriorated quickly, his brother Abdulhakim told Reuters on Sunday.

Megrahi had a status unusual in Libya the past two years.  At first he lived under the protection of Moammar Qaddafi, whose son publicly celebrated Megrahi’s release despite an agreement with the British government to keep the return more low-key.  After a NATO bombardment initially led by the US allowed rebels to overthrow Qaddafi, we asked for Megrahi’s extradition.  Despite Megrahi’s connection to the old regime, the new regime refused to extradite Megrahi for his murders, most of which victimized Americans.

In the end, Megrahi only served eleven days for each of the murdered victims in the Lockerbie bombing.  The Scottish and British governments granted Megrahi a compassionate release with an explanation that he only had weeks to live.   That was in the late summer of 2009.  At that time, the UK was negotiating oil contracts with Qaddafi, which made the “compassionate release” appear a lot more like “mercenary release.”  The release violated an agreement to extradite Megrahi to the US if and when the UK decided to release him.

Megrahi has gone on to his final judgment.  We still need an accounting for the violation of that agreement and the appeasement involved in Megrahi’s release.


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Thank God…

OmahaConservative on May 20, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Good. My high school classmate Pam Herbert was on that plane. So we’re two of my father’s friends. May their families’ pain be eased a little today.

ktrich on May 20, 2012 at 11:06 AM

good

gerrym51 on May 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

We still need an accounting for the violation of that agreement and the appeasement involved in Megrahi’s release.

you got that right

cmsinaz on May 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

May he be skewered on a spit and roasted in Hell for all Eternity.

Amen.

novaculus on May 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

…JugEars got him!

KOOLAID2 on May 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Finally. It was beginning to look like something underhanded had taken place. s/

BetseyRoss on May 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

KOOLAID2 on May 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

yup…that it’ll be in the bio for sure

cmsinaz on May 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

And the US government didn’t go diplomatically nuclear with the UK over this…why exactly?

Actually, don’t answer that.

CorporatePiggy on May 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

We still need an accounting for the violation of that agreement and the appeasement involved in Megrahi’s release.

you got that right

cmsinaz on May 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

…didn’t Upyerassideways hero have something to do with that?

KOOLAID2 on May 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

No tears from me.

TooTall on May 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM

KOOLAID2 on May 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

hmmmmm

cmsinaz on May 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Burn in hell, you despicable bastard.

Cicero43 on May 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Say “Hi” to Tookie for me.

jukin3 on May 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Well, he certainly took his time about it.

princetrumpet on May 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM

…so are him and Osama bin Dead gonna split 144 virgins?

KOOLAID2 on May 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

They should have blown his brains out in 1988. Scum of the earth.

fogw on May 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I’ll believe it when they produce the body.

myiq2xu on May 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

They grow some pretty long months in Lybia, don’t they.

jaydee_007 on May 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM

One more bad guy on the barbee, more to follow. I hope he is getting special attention in hell. We can now turn our attention to the jackels that released him. They must be purged from ever making public policy again.

moyeti on May 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Not good enough for my liking. I do not care about being “humane” because scum like this did not think about such things themselves.

watertown on May 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM

And the US government didn’t go diplomatically nuclear with the UK over this…why exactly?

Actually, don’t answer that.

CorporatePiggy on May 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Do you think for one moment that they didn’t clear this with Washington before they did it?

bofh on May 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I hope it hurt.

WhatSlushfund on May 20, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The Lockerbie bomber died in his bed this weekend of cancer almost three years after a sleazy deal with the British government sent him back to Libya

The Scottish government released him.
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/107396/0113180.pdf

EnglishRogue on May 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

May he relive his victim’s last moments forever! Also, screw you British gov’t. No blood for oil indeed.

SMACKRUNNER on May 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Is The Won going to hold a press conference?

Cindy Munford on May 20, 2012 at 11:36 AM

..rest in sheep.

The War Planner on May 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM

“Megrahi has gone on to his final judgment. We still need an accounting for the violation of that agreement and the appeasement involved in Megrahi’s release.” – Cap’n Ed

Damn Straight.
The Brits are fair-weather friends. PERIOD.
It’s time that Americans, especially Anglophiles, realize that fact.
(the brits have had their arses handed to them all over the planet they once occupied)
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on May 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi died at home after a long battle with cancer.

Having watched several family members suffer and die from this hellacious disease, I always say I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy.

Not this time.

I *spit* on Abdel Basset al-Megrahi’s grave.

Flora Duh on May 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

FTG.

Kenosha Kid on May 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM

May burn on a spit and be sodomized by wild boars with a pork samich in his mouth for all eternity…even that is too good for this POS!!

Liberty or Death on May 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM

If you are an atheist and don’t believe in a final judgement, would you have preferred him to live longer and suffer more?

Cindy Munford on May 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

…didn’t Upyerassideways hero have something to do with that?

KOOLAID2 on May 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

What does this mean?

OmahaConservative on May 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

We still need an accounting for the violation of that agreement and the appeasement involved in Megrahi’s release.

With the exception of Obama’s coolness towards the UK I doubt we’ll ever get a full “accounting” for the stunt the UK and Libya pulled.

And once Libya gets its hands on all of Qaddafi’s money, fuggetaboutit.

Logus on May 20, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I’ll believe it when they produce the body.

myiq2xu on May 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

For independent verification.

jnelchef on May 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

The Brits are fair-weather friends. PERIOD.

Karl Magnus on May 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Considering Obama’s feelings towards the UK, the feeling’s mutual – for now.

Logus on May 20, 2012 at 11:55 AM

some hero.

Burn, baby, burn.

TimBuk3 on May 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM

As I head out for lunch I go with the happy thought that he is starting to rot already.

docflash on May 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM

I’ll believe it when they produce the body.

myiq2xu on May 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

My thoughts exactly.

PatriotGal2257 on May 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Is it only in an Islamic culture that a man who cold-bloodedly killed 243 innocents, that he’s welcomed back as a hero? So, he’s finally dead? Took him long enough. He’d been dying of the same cancer for what seemed like an interminable period of time.

Paul-Cincy on May 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I wonder if the Scottish and British people got even a drop of oil from the deal that sent him back.

tjexcite on May 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM

You can’t out run your KARMA.

Dr Evil on May 20, 2012 at 12:02 PM

asked for Megrahi’s extradition.  Despite Megrahi’s connection to the old regime, the new regime refused to extradite Megrahi for his murders, most of which victimized Americans.

I’m shocked!

Cleombrotus on May 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Flora Duh on May 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Amen…

OmahaConservative on May 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM

A monstrous failure for Western Civ. if we had any self respect we would have forcibly executed this guy long ago. At least the POS is dead now. Fight for freedom!

JeffB. on May 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM

The tragic loss of another major civilizational benefits brought to mankind through the Religion of Peace.

Cleombrotus on May 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I hope it was excruciatingly painful.

lonestar1 on May 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Damn Straight.
The Brits are fair-weather friends. PERIOD.
It’s time that Americans, especially Anglophiles, realize that fact.
(the brits have had their arses handed to them all over the planet they once occupied)
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on May 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Sieg heil!

yubley on May 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Nor sure I believe it, but he’s gonna rot in hell, today or soon. REST IN PEICES!

HAExpert on May 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM

That leaves Jane Fonda on my list to scan the news for.

Dingbat63 on May 20, 2012 at 12:33 PM

“If I had a son…”-The One

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Despite Megrahi’s connection to the old regime, the new regime refused to extradite Megrahi for his murders, most of which victimized Americans.

Chew on that, Terp Mole.

Now please stop with the fantasy that the Libyan rebels are pro-American Jeffersonians who love Reagan.

mankai on May 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

The Brits are fair-weather friends. PERIOD.

At best. Their mascot should now be the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz.

(the brits have had their arses handed to them all over the planet they once occupied)
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on May 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Tell me about it. IMO their worst loss was losing all of India, to a pacifist geezer and his band of unarmed peasants. And this not long after standing against the mightiest war machine the world had yet seen.

“Embarrassing” doesn’t even come close to describing the event. It showed the world how far they had fallen, in so short a time.

MelonCollie on May 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

mankai on May 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

…and for godness’ sake do not post that one article from August 2010 where the rebels claim to be pro-American. That was for useful idiots like you.

I think you’ve reached the max on posting the same article in every Libya thread.

mankai on May 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

The Brits are fair-weather friends. PERIOD.

Karl Magnus on May 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Presumably the weather has been particularly good in Afghanistan? Nothing so much fun as chasing down the USA’s public enemy #1 under those clear blue skies and lazy summer afternoons.

But apparently the Afghan weather isn’t always that wonderful so please remind us historical genius exactly why the UK continues to spend lives, treasure and political capital in that Islamic dung-heap fighting a conflict that, apart from British military support for an Ally, has nothing in particular to do with any part of the United Kingdom.

I will award bonus points if you work Tony Blair’s treasonous ego into your answer … but you’ll need to think of some other explanation more credible than the weather if you don’t want to continue looking like an idiot.

As for this Mr Megrahi, given the immense difficulty of getting anybody to trial in the first place, the difficulty of putting evidence together, the fact that he was very unlikely to have been deemed fit enough to go to trial in the USA, and the fact that his conviction wasn’t and isn’t looking entirely robust … I suggest you consider that the Scottish government might, albeit unintentionally, have spared the USA a legal and moral dilemma. If he had come to the USA, he almost certainly would have had to have been released one way or another, or would have died awaiting trial — both possibilities would have stirred up yet more angst for no benefit at all.

YiZhangZhe on May 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I don’t believe this. This is just a way to divert attention from justice for this slime bottom piece of dirt.

Let’s see his body so that we have conclusive proof.

FactsofLife on May 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I hope that he meets the fate of the 9/11 terrorists imagined here:

“I was promised I would spend eternity in Paradise, being fed honeyed cakes by 67 virgins in a tree-lined garden, if only I would fly the airplane into one of the Twin Towers,” said Mohammed Atta, one of the hijackers of American Airlines Flight 11, between attempts to vomit up the wasps, hornets, and live coals infesting his stomach. “But instead, I am fed the boiling feces of traitors by malicious, laughing Ifrit. Is this to be my reward for destroying the enemies of my faith?”

The rest of Atta’s words turned to raw-throated shrieks, as a tusked, asp-tongued demon burst his eyeballs and drank the fluid that ran down his face.

trapeze on May 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I’m sure it would be shocking to know how many Muslims regard this murderous creep as some kind of hero. In general, the attitude of millions of Muslims toward terrorism and terrorists is sobering:

All the Muslim populations polled display a solid majority of support for Osama bin Laden. Asked whether they have confidence in him, Muslims replied positively, ranging between 8% (in Turkey) and 72% (in Nigeria). Likewise, suicide bombing is popular. Muslims who call it justified range from 13% (in Germany) to 69% (in Nigeria). These appalling numbers suggest that terrorism by Muslims has deep roots and will remain a danger for years to come.

- http://www.danielpipes.org/3706/pew-poll-on-how-muslims-think

Evidently, this Lockerbie bomber had Obama’s sympathy

Chessplayer on May 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

The release violated an agreement to extradite Megrahi to the US if and when the UK decided to release him.

Wouldn’t have anything to do with the way The Chosen One has treated our “ally”, would it?

Barry didn’t have any problems violating our agreement with the Czechs and Poles.

GarandFan on May 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Tell me about it. IMO their worst loss was losing all of India, to a pacifist geezer and his band of unarmed peasants. And this not long after standing against the mightiest war machine the world had yet seen.

“Embarrassing” doesn’t even come close to describing the event. It showed the world how far they had fallen, in so short a time.

MelonCollie on May 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Good grief. These comments are even more ignorant and stupid than the one you were agreeing with.

The British in India were out-numbered by how many to one exactly? Lets see .. there were approximately 350 million Indians and 40 million Britons **in Britain** so, perhaps 50 thousand or 100 thousand Britons in India? There was never the slightest possibility of the UK retaining India by force once the people of India decided had agreed amongst themselves that they wanted to rule themselves again.

Quite apart from which, WW2 almost bankrupted the UK on account of fighting two massive conflicts simultaneously. After all, until WW2 the UK was the world’s only superpower … but instead of scoffing, you might learn something useful — namely that even super powers are not invincible once the rot sets in and the world conspires for their downfall.

YiZhangZhe on May 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

That was a long three months.

sandbagger on May 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

I wonder if the Administration will photoshop Obama into his picture turning off a breathing machine/ ventilator?

Or will this be Bushs fault and it was all “in the works” whe BHO was sworn in in 2009?

PappyD61 on May 20, 2012 at 1:04 PM

“Despite Megrahi’s connection to the old regime, the new regime refused to extradite Megrahi for his murders,…”

Hit it…!

Seven Percent Solution on May 20, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I *spit* on Abdel Basset al-Megrahi’s grave.

Flora Duh on May 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

..with apologies to you for using some rough language in front of a lady, But I wonder if we could find out where this creep was planted. I’m thinking of getting a tour group together to go over and dump on his final resting place.

I mean, it would be very respectful and all. We could have a banquet or feast the night before — Chile Verde (pork), tons of beans, hot habaneros peppers and chug-a-lug a quart of milk of magnesia — and then convene at the grave site FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.

..sound like a plan?

The War Planner on May 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

- http://www.danielpipes.org/3706/pew-poll-on-how-muslims-think

Evidently, this Lockerbie bomber had Obama’s sympathy

Chessplayer on May 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

What you expect from people who worship Satan (allah).

Sorry but Allan in the Quran is Satan in the bible. It describes Satans plan and their Messiah is the Anti-Christ.

Islam the evil religion of War.

Islam the only religion on Earth that believes it is very good to lie to your converts and the world about what your religion actually is. Not Thou shalt not lie. But Thou shalt lie to the infidel.

Steveangell on May 20, 2012 at 1:13 PM

mankai on May 20, 2012 at 12:39 PM

+1. Barring further developments, he died under the current regime’s protection.

Christien on May 20, 2012 at 1:27 PM

This time he won’t escape justice.

magicbeans on May 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Obama failed to secure and extradite him during our overthrow of Khadaffy, but instead allowed the new jihadist Islamic Libyan government to protect their co-terrorist until he had a comfortable passing in freedom.

SM4RT P0W3R.

profitsbeard on May 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

The Lockerbie bomber died in his bed this weekend of cancer almost three years after a sleazy deal with the British government sent him back to Libya:

Obama was in on that deal, make NO mistake about it.

Fluke Obama, the Brits and the guy who died. May his 72 virgins be devils.

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Is it only in an Islamic culture that a man who cold-bloodedly killed 243 innocents, that he’s welcomed back as a hero?

Paul-Cincy on May 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Yes.

The pagan god allah demands blood sacrifice, the blood of the infidel is the currency these savages must pay for entry into their “paradise” – the more, the more innocent, and the more brutally murdered, the better.

Rebar on May 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

And so death comes to us all.

hawkdriver on May 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Obama failed to secure and extradite him …

profitsbeard on May 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Probably the best outcome. The judges in the original trial published their deliberations for the world to read … I can’t find them off hand, but I did read them at the time. They weren’t impressed by a lot of the evidence put forward and concluded that the testimony of at least one of the prosecution witnesses was just dishonest. One of the defendants was acquitted for lack of evidence and, of course, it is likely that there were others involved who have never even been identified and accused let alone tried and convicted.

I doubt any good would have come from a second trial; it would have just been become another way for the world to accuse the USA of thuggery and for Mr Megrahi to become a rallying point for yet more irrational anti-Western and anti-American sentiment. Galling as it is, it seems likely that in this case human justice is never going to be done and picking at the sores in frustration will just make matters worse.

YiZhangZhe on May 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

KOOLAID2 on May 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

What does this mean?

OmahaConservative on May 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

…sorry OC…been out..
Lasy night on the quotes of the Day…Upyerassideways …came on and chastised Hot Air for not jumping for joy that “Jug Ears” had freed the dissident from the Chinese.
The state department in August of 2009 reportedly gave the nod for the Abdel Basset at-Megrah to be released by the UK on humanitarian grounds…credit due?… where credit due?/

KOOLAID2 on May 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

..with apologies to you for using some rough language in front of a lady, But I wonder if we could find out where this creep was planted. I’m thinking of getting a tour group together to go over and dump on his final resting place.

I mean, it would be very respectful and all. We could have a banquet or feast the night before — Chile Verde (pork), tons of beans, hot habaneros peppers and chug-a-lug a quart of milk of magnesia — and then convene at the grave site FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.

..sound like a plan?

The War Planner on May 20, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Two thumbs up!

That bastard is a filthy, goat-effing piece of dung. I hope he had to relive every painful moment those PanAm victims had to endure.

Conservchik on May 20, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Will Supreme Leader call his family and express sympathy?

Dingbat63 on May 20, 2012 at 2:05 PM

“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” —Clarence Darrow

ReagansRight on May 20, 2012 at 2:05 PM

KOOLAID2 on May 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Loz, it was the Upyerassideways I wasn’t understanding, went and looked and now I got it…

OmahaConservative on May 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM

“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.” —Clarence Darrow

ReagansRight on May 20, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Perfect quote- LOL!

Night Owl on May 20, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I hear Hell is really hot this time of year.

Philly on May 20, 2012 at 3:08 PM

at the end of the sentencing trial of serial killer ivan j. hill, the sister of one of his many victims made a statement that has remained with me. this useless vicious thug, a hulk of a man who preyed on women, got the death penalty. a buddhist , she claimed that her beliefs compelled her to urge him to be thankful for the penalty he received as it was an ultimate act of love toward his own redemption.

but the west no longer seems to be interested in punishment or in anyone taking responsibility for their crimes. it will be our downfall into chaos and darkness if not rectified. britain has a lot to answer for but, then again, they are withering under the fruits of their appeasement of muslims who are not in any way pagans.( everything they do can be found in the old testament- they’re people of the book. as a pagan i am not. i also do not requiring killing those who do not believe as i do whereas for a portion of time christians pretty much did.)

al-megrahi deserved to be executed. the failure of will that led to sparing his life ultimately let the unthinkable occur- he was freed. this undermines the rule of law and exposes more innocents to harm. civilized, humane societies remain so by showing mercy to the innocent NOT to the guilty and the evil. “tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.”. letting him live was a crime compounded by letting him go free, home to a hero’s welcome. it is shameful and disrespectful to the victims, their families and it encourages more muslim believers in the god of abraham- not pagans nor atheists nor buddhists- to do more of the same.

mittens on May 20, 2012 at 3:14 PM

The guy spent the end of his days rotting away from cancer.

It’s not like he just skipped away a free man. So justice was done, a little bit anyway.

Moesart on May 20, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I’ll believe it when they produce the body.

myiq2xu on May 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

And we have two independent DNA tests. They haven’t been truthful so why should we believe their reports now?

dogsoldier on May 20, 2012 at 3:34 PM

So he basically rotted away and what ever life he had was not what I would call good. I would have liked to see the look on this evil mans face when the real God looked at him and their were no vigins waiting but an eternity of more hell for what he did……

crosshugger on May 20, 2012 at 3:35 PM

(the brits have had their arses handed to them all over the planet they once occupied)
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on May 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Tell me about it. IMO their worst loss was losing all of India, to a pacifist geezer and his band of unarmed peasants. And this not long after standing against the mightiest war machine the world had yet seen.

“Embarrassing” doesn’t even come close to describing the event. It showed the world how far they had fallen, in so short a time.

MelonCollie on May 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Pretty good visual aid for exactly where we’re headed.

kg598301 on May 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Good grief. These comments are even more ignorant and stupid than the one you were agreeing with.

The British in India were out-numbered by how many to one exactly? Lets see .. there were approximately 350 million Indians and 40 million Britons **in Britain** so, perhaps 50 thousand or 100 thousand Britons in India? There was never the slightest possibility of the UK retaining India by force once the people of India decided had agreed amongst themselves that they wanted to rule themselves again.

Quite apart from which, WW2 almost bankrupted the UK on account of fighting two massive conflicts simultaneously. After all, until WW2 the UK was the world’s only superpower … but instead of scoffing, you might learn something useful — namely that even super powers are not invincible once the rot sets in and the world conspires for their downfall.

YiZhangZhe on May 20, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I’m reassured I’m not the only one who is taken aback at this.

They’re spouting bile about Britain on the whole, and endorsing imperialism in the same breath. How peculiar. Are they Democrats/ Crypto-Fascists?

@MelonCollie,

You don’t see the irony here, Britain respected India’s desire to become independent. What is wrong with that? Are you that brain washed by the Obama administration that you think the Government should not adhere to the wishes of the people? I would be interested to know if you wail on about how Obama has infringed your civil rights or the rights of the American people on a whole.

EnglishRogue on May 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I doubt any good would have come from a second trial; it would have just been become another way for the world to accuse the USA of thuggery and for Mr Megrahi to become a rallying point for yet more irrational anti-Western and anti-American sentiment. Galling as it is, it seems likely that in this case human justice is never going to be done and picking at the sores in frustration will just make matters worse.

YiZhangZhe on May 20, 2012 at 1:49 PM

All of your argumentation on why it was better that he not be extradited to the United States as promised is well and good, but somehow something I learned as a kid still chimes through:

I said what I said, and
I said what I meant,
An elephant’s faithful 100 percent.

unclesmrgol on May 20, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Ed, this story should have been one of your “Finally:” items.

NealK on May 20, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Elsewhere in Edinburgh;

Alex Salmond and Kenny MacAskill (architects of the Lockerbie bomber’s early release) have written to Megrahi’s family, offering to play bagpipes at his wake.

In a letter leaked to the Guardian, Salmond writes:

We hardly kent yer guildman but we dinnae hink he is guilty. Sae therefair we offer tae attend his funeral an’ hauld a wake fur heem.

We will also brin’ uir bagpipes, kilts an’ some haggis. An’ we will brin’ sweets fur th’ bairns.”

Right-minded English folk were speechless – mainly because they couldn’t understand the letter.

*satire*

Terp Mole on May 20, 2012 at 6:43 PM

In the end, Megrahi only served eleven days for each of the murdered victims in the Lockerbie bombing. The Scottish and British governments granted Megrahi a compassionate release with an explanation that he only had weeks to live. That was in the late summer of 2009. At that time, the UK was negotiating oil contracts with Qaddafi, which made the “compassionate release” appear a lot more like “mercenary release.” The release violated an agreement to extradite Megrahi to the US if and when the UK decided to release him.

Megrahi has gone on to his final judgment. We still need an accounting for the violation of that agreement and the appeasement involved in Megrahi’s release.

Dig him up and hang him. Since he’s dead, the UK can’t complain about anything, but we can at least give him a disgraceful going away.

There Goes The Neighborhood on May 20, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Do you think for one moment that they didn’t clear this with Washington before they did it?

bofh on May 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Exactly. One more reason why my people need to be idependent from the Brits. Free Scotland!

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

“Mister U will not be missed”

MisterElephant on May 20, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Exactly. One more reason why my people need to be idependent from the Brits. Free Scotland!

Happy Nomad on May 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Are you suggesting that the Scottish aren’t British?

but somehow something I learned as a kid still chimes through:

I said what I said, and
I said what I meant,
An elephant’s faithful 100 percent.

unclesmrgol on May 20, 2012 at 5:42 PM

We can probably agree that there is a lot to dislike about this case, and it might include broken promises. Also it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Tony Blair were to have been involved in a ‘deal’ since I never had much confidence in the robustness or accuracy of his moral compass, or in his understanding of Islam and the world. However given that this was very much an Anglo-American issue from day one (USA airliner, Scottish soil, etc) I find it hard to believe that the release wasn’t discussed by British and American diplomats and that a joint position, possibly with some fake outrage, wasn’t agreed. A second trial would have backfired in America’s face, so to speak … much better for everybody that it didn’t happen, and I am confident American officials could come to the same conclusion.

YiZhangZhe on May 20, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Cindy Munford on May 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Yes as an atheist I don’t believe in any afterlife since there is not a single shred of evidence to prove it exists-it’s all in the realm of fantasy and make-believe.

Therefore this terrorist’s life should be a living hell until he dies for his crimes, or he should be electrocuted or stoned to death.

Then we should annihilate all other Islamic terrorists. I don’t understand how we allow such groups like Hamas and Hezbollah are allowed to exist in the first place.

We know they’re just going to kill many innocent people-treat them as the modern-day Nazis they are and eradicate them, along with their supporters.

thinkagain on May 20, 2012 at 8:17 PM

He’s really going to hate Wednesdays!

Dunedainn on May 20, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Right. Well, it’s good to see everyone here has drunk the koolaid and accepted the coverup. The evidence against this guy was questionable at best, but pointed in a very straight line toward Tehran. But yes, let’s blame it all on Libya and move on, as Gaddafi is dead and Libya is now in the hands of … ooops, let’s forget that too. The families of most of the victims know Megrahi was a patsy but I guess that’s best forgotten now that O is making a deal with the mullahs who were actually responsible.

What a country!

/crawling back under my rock now …

Lynn B. on May 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Under Bush’s watch…Lockerbie bomber in jail.

Under Obama’s watch, Lockerbie bomber not in jail.

Now, following Osama bin Laden rules, only Bush could have ensured that Scotland kept Megrahi jailed since he was in fact jailed while Bush was president.

guido911 on May 21, 2012 at 2:52 AM

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