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Assigned Reading: Lockerbie Bomber to be Released
(FROM: Fox News)

What about their chance to die with dignity, with family at their side?

I don’t understand compassion for terrorists, as a general policy. For the life of me, I cannot think of a time when any terrorist showed mercy, or allowed his or her victims to die with dignity at home with their families. It just doesn’t seem like the Terrorist Way.

Abdel Baset al-Megrahi may indeed be in the final stages of terminal cancer, but I cannot fathom the idea of showing him even a shred of the mercy he denied those 270 men, women and children in 1988. I’m with the gentleman from New York who lost his wife in the bombing, who told Fox News that he wants al-Megrahi “returned from Scotland the same way my wife Lorraine was . . . and that would be in a box.”

Un-Christian? Perhaps. So sue me. Actions should have consequences. Al-Megrahi snuffed out nearly three hundred lives — I have no problem with letting his life fizzle out behind bars.

And to be honest, I was surprised that the White House opposed it. I figured that Barack Obama would have grabbed a couple of burgers, hopped aboard Air Force One, and picked up the bomber himself. Obama, the bomber and Qaddafi could have had a beer summit. Thankfully, however, the White House has come down on the right side of this one (it wasn’t hard), and if it weren’t for the tireless efforts taken to provide constitutional rights for murderous Islamic terrorists here at home and on battlefields abroad, I’d consider it a common sense perspective to build upon.

In the meantime, however, it saddens me that a man who destroyed so many families is being permitted to return to his own.

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  1. Chuck in San Diego says:

    Things like this don't happen on their own merit. Something is going on behind the scenes. Some shady back room deal. Who knows. It might even turn out to the U.S. (or its intelligence services) benefit. We will probably never know the background on Al-Megrahi's release.

    Jeff, I agree with you. As a general rule, terrorists should be shown no mercy in the eyes of the law. Sometimes I feel that in certain instances the law should look the other way when we need to deal with extreme cases. Not completely the "American Way", but that's the way I feel.

  2. jdr5565 says:

    Sad.

  3. Rix says:

    Those who are kind to the cruel are in fact cruel to the kind. There was something about public hangings that served its grim purpose. I never understood the concept of jailing murderes whose guilt is proven beyond doubt. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, isn't that what the Bible teaches? Chain the perp and let the relatives of the victim do the justice – whether it is a merciful forgiveness, a rope or a carving knife.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I am suspicious that Eric Holden is making a convenient statement that is popular with the public while doing absolutely nothing to prevent the release.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Not that this is a probable scenario…but some people are miraculously healed. IF, this terrorist received a miraculous healing (highly unlikely, I know)…but, would he still be free???

  6. henry young says:

    What, all we all of a sudden giving out FREE Lunches? Since when??? Under what premise? Did this guy learn his lesson? Who knows, right? Well I guess we’ll have to find out the hard way, maybe???

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