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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 August 25, 2009 / 5 Elul 5769

The Mysterious Case of Scottish Justice

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When convicted Pan Am Flight 103 killer Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi landed to a hero's welcome in Libya last week, there was no question about it: Our Betters in Europe got rolled.


They were undone by the vainglory of Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, who authorized Megrahi's "compassionate" early release for terminal prostate cancer. MacAskill explained: Compassion means "remaining true to our values as a people. No matter the severity of the provocation or the atrocity perpetrated." Sure, there's a place for justice — but smugness first.


MacAskill told the Scottish Parliament Monday that Tripoli had promised to handle Megrahi's homecoming in a "low-key and sensitive fashion." Well, guess what: A government that masterminded the 1988 bombing — which killed 270 people, including 11 on the ground in Lockerbie — didn't keep its word.


British Prime Minister Gordon Brown got rolled, too. Brown sent Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy a letter requesting that he not give Megrahi a "high profile" reception. Advice rejected.


The tarmac crowd waved Libyan and Scottish flags. And in an apparent effort to further embarrass Brown, Khadafy released a statement thanking "my friend Brown," his government, and the royal family for "encouraging the Scottish government to (make) this historic and courageous decision."


While MacAskill asserted that he alone made the decision to release Megrahi, he has noted that No. 10 Downing St. negotiated a Prisoner Transfer Agreement with Libya while "the Scottish Prison Service had only one Libyan prisoner in custody."


A British Foreign Office spokesman told the New York Times there had been no "deal in relation to Megrahi and any commercial interests in Libya." But as British papers have reported, Brown and his ministers had discussed Megrahi's release in meetings with Khadafy and his son. And as the Times reported, Brown and predecessor Tony Blair intervened in negotiations on the transfer agreement as "Libya awarded Britain a major oil contract, a $900 million deal" involving British Petroleum and "dangled the prospect of others."


President Obama got rolled, too. Before the Pan Am bomber landed, Obama told the press that he had informed Tripoli that Megrahi should not be "welcomed in some way but instead should be under house arrest."


Khadafy renounced weapons of mass destruction when President George W. Bush was in the Oval Office, but he sure doesn't act afraid of this White House.


This ending, however, was written in 1998, when the international community decided Scotland would try accused bombers in the Netherlands. The United Kingdom has no death penalty, which is what he deserved. Three Scottish judges unanimously acquitted another suspect in 2001, but found Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence agent "of fairly high rank," guilty. His life sentence made Megrahi eligible for parole after 27 years.


Thanks to MacAskill's sense of compassion, Megrahi walked free after eight years. FBI Director Robert Mueller lambasted MacAskill for a release that "gives comfort to terrorists around the world." But that comfort begins when a country's "justice" officials put their values before any atrocity.

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