I am simply in shock that the UK would allow the Pam Am terrorist who killed my countrymen and yours to go free. Even as he is dying, why should he be permitted to die a free man? Its called a life sentence because you spend your whole life there which includes when you die.
I never thought I would see the day. Could you imagine Mrs. Thatcher calling President Reagan to explain this? There is no way she would have ever done that. Reagan would have asked her if she was feeling all right and told her to rest and call him back when she was back to her senses.
I am astounded.
I have tried to explain that it was not the UK who allowed him to go free - it was the Scottish Executive. But I doubt whether anyone is in the mood to listen.
I wonder what the long term implications of this are for UK-US relations. I can already imagine there being some boycott of Scottish goods by US consumers and the number of tourists declining dramatically. It would of course be wrong to take these considerations into account when making a quasi-legal decision, but it is clear that there will be consequences. Or will US politicians go through the motions of criticising the decision because they have to for their domestic audience? Who knows.
It is not feasible that the Prime Minister can get away with a no comment policy on this case. Alistair Darling has said that it was right the Scottish Executive made its own decision. Well, thanks for that insight, Alistair. Much appreciated.
Finally, reading through the comments on the previous thread, I shake my head in disbelief at the naivety of some of them. The number of people who protest that al Megrahi is innocent is astonishing - particularly as most of them say that without then going on to explain why. He was convicted by a court of law and then withdrew his appeal for reasons as yet unclear. I can respect those who believe his release was a compassionate decision. What I cannot respect are those who assume he is innocent without having a clue why.