When the inmate is an intelligence officer of a hostile terror-sponsoring state who murdered 270 civilians in a commercial aircraft bombing — that really isn't one of those appropriate circumstances.
The good news is that Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the mass-murdering piece of shit who bombed Pan Am 103 over Scotland, has advanced prostate cancer and only a short time to live. The bad news is that Scottish authorities are probably going to put him on a plane home to Libya today so that he can get a national hero's welcome and die a free man, peacefully at home.
His 11 Scottish victims died at home, but in a fiery inferno of jet fuel or in the bottom of a crater beneath piles of twisted metal. Nor did he afford his 259 airborne victims the pleasure of dying peacefully at home. Most spent the final two minutes of their lives in unimaginable terror and physical agony as they plummeted Earthward to certain death. Yes, some died in the explosion, depressurization, and breakup; but most were conscious and killed on impact. Horrible.
The bombing also destroyed Pan Am as a company, ruining thousands more lives.
On behalf of the 189 Americans who died at al-Megrahi's hands, Secretary Clinton is on the record saying it would be "absolutely wrong" for the Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill to release al-Megrahi. It's almost a certainty that the craven MacAskill's going to release him anyway. Contemptible.
Al-Megrahi was sentenced to a life term, and has been in prison since 1999. He has never admitted responsibility. The gaggle of despots and morons also known as the Arab League refers to al-Megrahi as a "political hostage." In 2002, Libya, his state-sponsor, offered millions in compensation to the Flight 103 victim's survivors, contingent on the US government's lifting trade sanctions lodged against Libya. The next year, Libya "accepted involvement for the actions of its officials."
If it was up to me, I'd have al-Megrahi flown home to Libya...and dropped off over Tripoli at about 31,000 feet.
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UPDATE: In releasing the unrepentant mass-murderer, MacAskill — in full sanctimonious prick mode — informed the (overwhelmingly American) bereaved their feelings were irrelevant, then stated that Scottish trial verdicts are properly subordinate to his personal religious beliefs.
Some hurts can never heal, some scars can never fade. Those who have been bereaved cannot be expected to forget, let alone forgive...However, Mr. al-Megrahi now faces a sentence imposed by a higher power.With all due respect, fuck you, and fuck your "higher power" you self-righteous asshole. The loved ones had a right to feel that there was at least a little bit of justice.
I'm sure another thing they'll also never forget and never forgive the fact that you permitted this monster to serve about 15 days per murder.