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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 Nov 1, 2011 / 4 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

Remember Lockerbie

By Paul Greenberg




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Moammar Gadhafi is dead. Abdelbaset al-Megrahi isn't. Despite his being convicted of planting the bomb that brought down Pan Am Flight 103 on the night of December 21, 1988, killing all 259 people aboard and 11 others on the ground when it crashed in the vicinity of Lockerbie, Scotland, scattering debris and bodies in its wake.

Mr. Megrahi was duly tried and convicted of murder, and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Anybody who thinks that was the end of the story doesn't understand power politics. For after his appeals were denied, the aforesaid Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was released anyway -- in care of Moammar Gadhafi's regime, in whose intelligence service he had long served. He was freed on "compassionate" grounds.

The only clear compassion the British government showed at the time was for BP, formerly known as British Petroleum before it decided to be identified only by its initials. Initials that would become infamous, as in the BP Oil Spill.

It seems BP and the Libyan government had a big oil deal going a couple of years ago, and Mr. Megrahi's presence was urgently requested in Tripoli. He was released without further ceremony and whisked home by chartered jet.

Connections count. As for the survivors of those killed in the crash of Pan Am 103, their opinions didn't.

That's where things stood when History, aka the Arab Spring, caught up with the old established firm of M. Gadhafi and Sons. At that point, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi prudently disappeared from view for a while, but surfaced the other day. Long enough to be found by a reporter from the London Telegraph, whose attentions clearly were not welcomed by Mr. Megrahi.

The account in the Telegraph described the veteran intelligence agent as looking "frail and unshaven, with his breathing laboured." Maybe he's a sick man, or maybe it's just his conscience acting up. One condition doesn't rule out the other.

Mr. Megrahi told the Telegraph his role in the bombing had been "exaggerated," and in any case he had only "a few more days, weeks or months" to live. Which is what the world was told when he was released for officially compassionate reasons in August of 2009, two years ago. He claims he'll be exonerated one day, "hopefully in the near future," and wants to be left alone. Which may be the only thing he made clear.

The accused -- and convicted -- describes himself as just an innocent agent of Libyan intelligence, which is the first time I've ever heard that job description.

But in that case, surely he'll want to waive any objections to extradition and present himself to the nearest American consulate for the next flight to the States and an American court of law. His right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury would surely be be fully respected. The speedier the better. But somehow I doubt he'll jump at the chance.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of Mr. Megrahi's interview with the Telegraph was his saying he worked for Col. Gadhafi's security agency, all right, but never hurt anybody. Of course. When visiting Europe years ago, all the Germans I met had opposed Hitler and, if they'd fought in the late unpleasantness of 1939-45, it was always on the Eastern front. It's a wonder our boys met any opposition at all in Normandy.

As for Mr. Megrahi, let justice be done in his case while there's still time. There's not much left, he claims, but the Angel of Death has been known to dawdle. We shouldn't.

The man ultimately responsible for what happened over Lockerbie that cold December night finally met his end on a road west of Sirte, Libya, the other day. But there's some unfinished business left. By the name of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

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