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Why is Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi still alive?

By Scott Tibbs, August 26, 2009

Eight years after the September 11 terrorist attacks that leveled the World Trade Center, severely damaged the Pentagon and killed three thousand people, the lessons of 9/11 are fading and have been forgotten by many. The world should have learned on 9/11 that appeasing terrorists has never worked, does not work and will never work.

Scottish "Justice" Secretary Kenny MacAskill decided to release infamous terrorist, war criminal and mass murderer Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi on "compassionate" grounds, since al-Megrahi is dying from cancer and has a few months left to live. Shockingly, al-Megrahi has only served eight years in prison after being convicted in 2001, less than a dozen days for each person he murdered when he blew up Pan Am 103 in 1988.

This is not compassion, it is depravity. MacAskill might as well have defecated on the graves of all 270 people murdered by al-Megrahi in 1988. MacAskill, effeminate wimp that he is, blathered that al-Megrahi's lack of compassion "is not a reason for us to deny compassion to him and his family in his final days." MacAskill also said "our belief dictates that justice be served but mercy be shown." How can serving a dozen days for each murder possibly be characterized as anything close to justice? Where is the justice for al-Megrahi's victims?

The people blown out of the sky on that fateful day in December of 1988 never got the chance to say good-bye to their families. They were innocent victims, having done nothing to deserve the war crime perpetrated by al-Megrahi. There was no compassion for their families. Instead of being released, al-Megrahi should have been subjected to a very public execution, both to serve justice for war crimes and as a warning to other Islamic terrorists what is in store for them. That should have been happened years ago.

The Geneva Conventions state that "making the civilian population or individual civilians the object of attack" and/or "launching an indiscriminate attack affecting the civilian population" are classified as war crimes. The bombing of Pan Am 103, committed as part of a war Islamic terrorists had declared on the west, certainly qualifies as a war crime and al-Megrahi qualifies as a war criminal. Releasing a man who targeted hundreds of civilians for death is no different from releasing a Nazi concentration camp guard on "compassionate" grounds.

Appeasement never works. Islamic terrorists understand only violence and death, and they have no idea what compassion is. Islamic terrorists will take this as a sign of weakness, and al-Megrahi's release will encourage more terrorism, more bombings and more murders. The only way to deal with Islamic terrorists is to slaughter them like animals, making it very clear that terrorism will be met with severe consequences. The idea that we can win a war against Islamic terrorists by winning "hearts and minds" would be laughable if it were not so deadly.

The next time that the United Kingdom is attacked by Islamic terrorists, we should all point our fingers in Kenny MacAskill's face and say "You did this. You enabled this act of terrorism. This is your fault. We hold you responsible for this, and the blood of the victims is on your hands." Releasing al-Megrahi is a huge defeat in the global war on terror.