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Defending the Indefensible

posted at 9:41 am on August 23, 2009 by

According to a BBC report, Scottish leaders continue to step deeper and deeper into wee-wee in their attempts to defend the indefensible. Responding to growing criticism of the release of the terminally ill Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmand said Scotland made the “right decision,” adding “We did it because it was the right thing to do in terms of the Scottish justice system.”

I don’t profess to have expertise in Scottish law, but if there is a statute on the books that says “Unspeakable acts of depraved indifference toward human life will be forgiven if the perpetrator develops terminal prostate cancer,” I can say without fear of contradiction that Scottish law is broken.

In the meantime, reaction on the international front to the decision to free Megrahi remains curious, to say the least. In a fashion typical of his past displays of courage, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown refuses to comment on Muammar al-Gaddafi’s claim on Libyan TV that “my friend” Gordon Brown helped secure Megrahi’s release. Here at home, Barack Obama gets it right for once, saying the action of the Scottish government was “a mistake.” I give the president full credit for having a human — if arguably restrained — reaction, but at the same I am confused by it, since he is a champion of “empathy” when it comes to matters of law. So let me see if I’ve got it straight: Pregnant teenagers and culturally diverse people deserve empathy unless they are deranged terrorists . . . whoops! — I mean perpetrators of man-caused disasters in oversees contingency operations.

Adapted from and cross-posed at Zombie Contentions

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Brown must have really hated those videos Emperor Obama (Obama the unclothed) gave him.

coldwarrior on August 23, 2009 at 9:54 AM

All, or nearly all, the British news sites have been digging into this. It has the appearance of a feeding frenzy among the sharks. Lots of finger pointing, blame shifting, dodging and weaving. Even a few jabs at US media being uninterested.

Skandia Recluse on August 23, 2009 at 10:34 AM

The sober Scottish Lords who convicted Megrahi sat beneath the ancient Scottish motto “Nemo Me Impune Lacessit” – roughly translated as “Don’t meddle with me and expect to get away with it.

Now one stinking drunk and disorderly soccer job Justice Minister tosses centuries of Scottish principle down the filthiest toilet in Edinburgh.

/disgraceful

Terp Mole on August 23, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Correction: stinking drunk and disorderly soccer yob Justice Minister

Terp Mole on August 23, 2009 at 4:46 PM