Monday 24 August 2009


The nose section of Pan Am flight 103, a 747 aircraft called The Maid of the Sea, lies in a field outside Lockerbie, Scotland, on 22 December 1988

Photograph: Martin Cleaver/AP

You can't help but me moved by the tragedy of the Lockerbie bombing, nor can you ignore the pain of some of the families who are outraged by the decision to release the only man convicted of the bombing, to allow him to return to Libya to die.

The decision to allow Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi release on compassionate grounds, was right, just and fair. The man has less than three months to live and the Scottish Government have acted correctly. The hypocrisy of those in the USA (and UK) who are using this as an excuse to attack Scotland and / or the SNP Government, is nothing more than political expediency.

Reflect back to 1968, when William Calley was convicted of the My Lai massacre, (some soldiers tried to prevent the massacre, they later received death threats from people back in USA and the condemnation of some congressmen)...Calley received a Life Sentence, which was commuted by the President Nixon to 3 years house arrest.

The My Lai massacre, involved the rape, torture and beating of women, children and the elderly...more here

Contrast this to the vengeance which is being demanded by the USA for the Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing and you can't help wondering why the difference in attitude.

Kenny MacAskill, Scottish Justice Secretary, was absolutely right to release Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi, it his decision, and his alone, it was fair, proportionate and compassionate.

More on the release here


Deirdre said...