Ghadafi says "Thank You"

By Daniel Chejfec


Remember 1988? or if you are not old enough, have you ever read about the Panam flight blown up over Scotland with 270 passengers aboard? Remember (or read) how the world united in isolating the Lybian regime of Moammar Gadhafi in retaliation? remember that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was imprisoned for life for his role in the attack? Well, things change...

British Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill decided to free al-Megrahi and allow him to go back to Lybia on compassionate grounds because he was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. How wonderfully sensitive of him to consider the feelings of somebody responsible for killing 270 people -most of them Americans- but ignore the feelings of the victims' surviving family or even the basic concepts of Justice. FBI Director Robert Mueller sent an uncharacteristically strong letter of complain to his British colleague, qualifying it "as inexplicable as it is detrimental to the cause of Justice", to which the British responded that Mr Mueller is "overly emotional because of his work in the original investigation"

Thank you Hitler for committing suicide, because compasionate British Ministers did not get the chance to free you on compassionate grounds. Of course this move by the British is not a novelty. Back in 1946, at the end of the war, the French and British imprisoned the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin Al Husseini, who had been the chief propaganda agent for Nazism in the Arab world, a personal friend of Adolf Eichmann, an advocate for the "Final Solution" and the chief recruiter for the SS Gestapo "Hanjar" troops in the Balkans. Later that year, the Mufti "managed to escape" and was allowed to seek refuge in British controlled Egypt, were not only was he left undisturbed, but even received British protection against the Jewish Agency in Palestine, the de-facto Jewish government before Israel's independence; the British even threatened Jewish Agency head David Ben Gurion and warned him about the consequences of taking action. Husseini died of old age 28 years later in 1974 in Cairo. It seems that in Great Britain, Justice has always been subordinated to the interest of the Empire...

The whole point of a "life sentence" is that the prisoner is not allowed to be free the rest of his life because the crime he (or she) committed was hineous enough to justify such a sentence. To rub salt on the wound, Moammar Gadhafi, who is still around and in charge in Lybia, embraced al-Megrahi and gave him a heroe's welcome upon his arrival on Lybian soil. If you hope that the rest of the world will express their opposition to this travesty of Justice, think again: Moammar Gadhafi is scheduled to address the United Nations in New York City in September, where the world is rolling out for him the red carpet treatment, a carpet upon which he will walk in triumph after 21 years of deadlock.

Saying that I'm outraged is not enough. I feel for the relatives of the victims, many of whom have seen the release of Al-Mugrahi for what it clearly is: a major concession to a ruthless dictator who was at some point equated with the "fifth rider of the Apocalypse". If the world is to survive the current situation and eliminate terror, restore peace and work for the elimination of poverty and hunger, it cannot be done by ignoring Justice or morality or brushing aside the victims or their surviving families when they say inconvenient truths.



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