The fact that Al Megrahi was released to die at home was the right outcome. Accusations about whether BP or Libyan oil deals were involved as well as even the question of his innocence or guilt are irrelevant. A prisoner facing death was allowed to go home and die among his loved ones that is what matters and that should be allowed to stand alone; it was the right thing to do whatever people’s reasons were for doing it.
We now have an unappetising squabble among countries and politicians over this and the stench of hypocrisy is overpowering. American politicians and the British Government are posturing to look tough when what they are really saying is “we have been cheated, we want a dead body; where is the corpse we were promised” Two thing here; there are votes at stake and this macho posing is not new, we have seen it all before and it is sickening. Some time ago Bill Clinton was running for the presidency and his opponents were trying to portray him as ‘soft on crime’ he interrupted his campaign in a massive blaze of publicity to fly home so he could personally sign a death warrant on a convicted murderer who had a mental age of 12 years. That shut his opponents up OK but what does it make Clinton?
Unfortunately David Milliband has seen fit to run with this bunch in an attempt to boost his chances of becoming Labour leader, he will have to do it without my vote; as will Ed. Balls who played the race card over immigration. Salmond is predictably seizing the moment to appear on the World stage like a fairground barker selling dodgy goods while the clown MacAskill continues to rattle on about Scottish compassion which is of course as much of a myth as German arrogance, Italian cowardice or Irish stupidity. It’s people who are compassionate; arrogant or stupid not countries or nations, MacAskill desperately claiming some special compassionate characteristic for Scotland is pathetic.
If people want a special enquiry then so be it but don’t let it interfere with the reason for Megrahi’s release, his name, his origins; even the crime itself should not come into this. Even if there was not one single voice claiming his innocence even if he admitted guilt he should still be where he is today, among his loved ones, that is compassion and no country or state has the exclusive right to claim it as theirs.