Thursday, August 20, 2009

Disgracing Scotland

As everyone probably knows by now, the Scottish government released the Lockerbie bomber, who returned home to a hero's welcome from his fellow terrorist-loving Libyans. Al Megrahi should have been executed years ago, and his release makes a travesty of the claim that life in prison is an acceptable substitute for the death penalty. Even many in the UK recognize that releasing such a terrorist is insane. Conservative Party leader David Cameron described the action as"a product of some completely nonsensical thinking."

Here in the U.S. we've seen repeated misuse of the phrase"rule of law," to the point where it has become almost meaningless. Scotland is doing its part to destroy the meaning of "due process." Here's Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill, talking about U.S. opposition to the release,

"But I think they recognise that we followed due process, we listened to their representations and listened to the feelings of their relatives as well as listened to the feelings of relatives here."
Apparently due process means arbitrarily releasing convicted terrorists who are supposed to be serving life sentences.

1 comment:

  1. I can't imagine what it's like to be a family/friend of one of the Lockerbie victims and to watch that man be cheered. What an appalling site. To think that the world looks poorly on us for waterboarding a couple murderers, yet this reaction will barely make the news.