Thursday, August 20, 2009

Higher Power Imposes Death Penalty On Lockerbie Bomber

Minutes ago Scotland freed convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds. He has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is expected to live for less than three months. This decision allows him to die in Libya, despite protests that mercy should not be shown to the man responsible for the deaths of 270 people in connection with the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in 1988. He had served only eight years of his life sentence.
Victims' families are decrying his release this morning on cable tv news. But while there has been some persistent uncertainty about whether he was "the right man," this can be viewed in another way: as a higher power having passed judgement on the sufficiency of the life sentence imposed on him in a country that does not have the death penalty.
That's Megrahi above, when Libya first handed him over at the start of the decade. Nothing says "contrition" like tinted glasses. And maybe that extra splash of Sex Panther cologne.

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