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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 11, 2011 7 Adar I, 5771

Still No Explanations for the Lockerbie Bomber's Release

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, better known as the Lockerbie Bomber, should be dead by now. That was the deal.

Megrahi blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988, murdering 270 people, including 190 Americans.

A former Libyan intelligence agent, Megrahi was arrested and charged, and then used every detail, wrinkle and technicality afforded by Western justice to escape his fate.

Proceedings dragged on for years, and it wasn't until Jan. 31, 2001, that a three-judge Scottish panel finally convicted him. Megrahi was sentenced to life in prison.

Which should have been the end of a long, agonizing process that had caused tremendous suffering to the loved ones of those who died.

Except the agony was just beginning.

Because eight years later, with no real explanation, Megrahi was released from prison and sent home to Libya and adoring crowds.

Why? One guy: Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. MacAskill announced that Megrahi had prostate cancer and had only three months to live and deserved to live them at home in Libya.

MacAskill is not a doctor, and nor did he assemble a blue-ribbon panel to examine Megrahi. Rumors swirled, including the possibility that the British government was trying to help British Petroleum gain access to Libyan oil reserves.

Nonetheless, on Aug. 20, 2009, just 10 days after MacAskill made his shocking announcement, Megrahi was released and flew home to Libya, where he was promptly supposed to die.

That was almost 18 months ago, and Megrahi is still having a good laugh.

When I wrote about this at the time, I asked why, if a mass murderer had only weeks to live, not just let him die in prison?

Kenny MacAskill was horrified by such questions and seemed to view them as another sign of American barbarity.

"In Scotland, we are a people who pride ourselves on our humanity," MacAskill said. "It is viewed as a defining characteristic."

Personally, I think letting a mass murderer go free is the defining characteristic of a doofuss, and some agreed. Both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Megrahi should be sent back to prison in Scotland.

FBI Director Robert Mueller wrote MacAskill a letter saying, "Your action makes a mockery of the rule of law" and "gives comfort to terrorists around the world" and "makes a mockery of the grief of the families who lost their own on December 21, 1988.

"You could not have visited the small wooden warehouse where the personal items of those who perished were gathered for identification — the single sneaker belonging to a teenager; the Syracuse sweatshirt never again to be worn by a college student returning home for the holidays; the toys in a suitcase of a businessman looking forward to spending Christmas with his wife and children."

"Your action rewards a terrorist," Mueller said.

To which the Scottish government yawned.

But this week, something interesting happened. According to a report released Monday by the British government's top watchdog agency, Britain's former Labor government did "all it could" to help Libya win Megrahi's release.

That help, given by then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown, included explaining to the Libyan government how to apply for Megrahi's release and telling the Scottish government there were no barriers to letting Megrahi go home.

Was that aid given in order to help British Petroleum get access to Libyan oil fields?

"The report stopped short of confirming (such) allegations," The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Oh, well. I suppose it doesn't really matter. Megrahi is living outside Tripoli and is showing no signs of keeling over at any minute.

Kenny MacAskill remains the cabinet secretary for justice and a member of the Scottish Parliament. He also remains a figure of controversy.

Annabel Goldie, the Scottish Tory leader, said last year, "The Scottish government seems more interested in diverting attention away from its disastrous handling of the release than in clearing up the deepening suspicion over why they sent Mr. Megrahi back to his hero's welcome."

Anger, charge and countercharge still swirl.

But in a small wooden warehouse where there is still a single sneaker belonging to a teenager; where there is the Syracuse sweatshirt never again to be worn by a college student and where there are toys never to played with by children, there is only quiet.

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