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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 30, 2011 / 30 Menachem-Av, 5771

The Near Death of a Convicted Terrorist

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When the Scots released convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi on Aug. 20, 2009 — ostensibly because prostate cancer left him less than three months to live — Megrahi presented a stooped, frail figure as he boarded his getaway plane. Hours later, when he landed to a hero's welcome in Tripoli, Libya, however, Megrahi appeared triumphant and radiant.

Two years later, Megrahi is still alive — although perhaps not for long. CNN's Nic Robertson talked his way into Megrahi's supersize mansion, where he videotaped the freed terrorist "apparently in a coma." Maybe. Maybe not.

Some British and American politicians want to question — return to prison even — the only man convicted in the 1988 bombing that killed 270 people, but Megrahi has an uncanny skill at escaping justice.

Exhibit A: In 2001, three Scottish judges found Megrahi guilty of the bombing and then sentenced him to a mere 27 years.

Exhibit B: In 2009, Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill released Megrahi on "compassionate" grounds. It was an outrage. Scotland had allowed many other convicts to die behind bars. Yet MacAskill chose to send Megrahi home to Libya — effectively reducing the sentence to eight years, or less than two weeks per victim.

MacAskill insisted that he freed Megrahi because compassion means "remaining true to our values as a people, no matter the severity of the provocation or the atrocity perpetrated." Yet a U.S. Senate report, released by Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, found that Scottish officials had ignored their own prostate cancer experts, who did not agree to a three-month prognosis, and that there was talk of releasing Megrahi a year before his cancer diagnosis. Moammar Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam, who flew Megrahi to Tripoli, told Time magazine, "I worked hard to get him out of jail."

Not coincidentally, Libya threatened to kill a $900 million oil exploration deal with the energy company BP. The Senate report called Libya's tactics "commercial warfare."

Exhibit C: "Commercial warfare" led to Megrahi's release. Hence, an act of terrorism paid off for the former Libyan intelligence agent. CNN has aired footage of his sprawling, well-appointed villa.

Exhibit D: Libyans loved the guy. Gadhafi, as he was attempting to cling to power, made a public appearance last month with Megrahi at his side.

Exhibit E: On Sunday, Libyan Transitional National Council Justice Minister Mohammed al-Alagi told reporters, "We will not give any Libyan citizen to the West. It was Gadhafi who handed over Libyan citizens."

By Monday, Alagi said that maybe the issue could wait till after the election — a sop to the NATO nations that bankrolled the rebels' success.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters, "Presumably, a new, free, democratic Libya would have a different attitude (from Gadhafi's) towards a convicted terrorist." Then again, presumably the United Kingdom and United States would have stuck to a harder attitude — and not let a man who killed 270 innocent people live his last years in Libyan luxury.

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