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Justice and Mercy: The Lockerbie Bomber

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Posted on August 9 2010 11:00 am

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The news out of Scotland is that their officials are sick of the United States’ criticism regarding the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who, feeling “low” after his diagnosis with prostate cancer, and missing his loved ones, was released to Libya on the medical testimony of a prison doctor stating that he had but weeks to live. He was given a hero’s welcome there, for the achievement of having caused the deaths of 270 people, and is still quite alive. The release caused a certain uproar, and the Obama administration claimed it had been out of the loop, first, later changing that to having been opposed to his release, with documents finally demonstrating that in fact the President only urged that if he were released he would prefer the mass murderer remain in Scotland, rather than go to Libya. Given Obama’s audacity of mendacity, it’s understandable that Scottish officials should reject a calling onto the carpet in Washington.

Still, it’s distressing to read that Cardinal Keith O’Brien is lambasting Americans for wanting to understand how this travesty of justice came to be:

Cardinal O’Brien said: ”In Scotland over many years we have cultivated through our justice system what I hope can be described as a ‘culture of compassion’.

”On the other hand, there still exists in many parts of the US, if not nationally, an attitude towards the concept of justice which can only be described as a ‘culture of vengeance’.”

He added: ”Scotland’s legal system allowed the Scottish justice secretary to release Megrahi on compassionate grounds, following due process and based on clear medical advice.”

The religious leader urged US Senators wanting to question Scottish and British government ministers to instead ”direct their gaze inwards”.

Highlighting the 1,226 people executed in the US since 1976, the cardinal added: ”Perhaps the consciences of some Americans, especially members of the US Senate, should be stirred by the ways in which ‘justice’ is administered in so many of their own states.”

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