In the current western mood of coddling terrorists and pandering to tyrants, the perversions by now appear endless. On "compassionate grounds," Scotland has just allowed the terminally ill Libyan terrorist, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, to return to Libya. Convicted of murder in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie. Scotland, al-Megrahi was flown home Thursday to a hero's welcome, transported by private jet, and met by Saif Gaddafi, son of Muammar Gaddafi -- who along with his international terror sprees in years past has tyrannized Libya for 40 years.
If you'd like to learn more about the freed terrorist, al-Megrahi, and why Gaddafi might be so pleased to have him back, there's an illuminating article on Forbes.com, written just before al-Megrahi's release: "Don't Let The Lockerbie Bomber Go Free."
The author, Mohamed Eljahmi, had an older brother, Fathi Eljahmi, who was Libya's most prominent democratic dissident. I say "was," because after five solid years of imprisonment by Gaddafi, Fathi Eljahmi died this past April. There was no compassion shown by Gaddafi of any kind. Isolated much of the time, held in filthy conditions, incarcerated for a long stretch in a Libyan "psychiatric" facility, Fathi Eljhami was deprived of adequate medical care, and blocked from any direct communication with the outside world. He deserved a hero's salute from both the democratic world and his fellow Libyans, but Gaddafi saw to it that from the day Eljahmi was arrested in 2004 until the day he died in April, 2009, he was never seen or heard in public again.
Gaddafi, however, has been living it up as the "rehabilitated" ruler of Libya. And next month he is expected to turn up at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where on the opening day of the debate, Sept. 23, he is currently listed as the next speaker in line after President Barack Obama. At the same UN gathering, Gaddafi will have even more to celebrate -- Libya, in the person of one of Gaddafi's former foreign ministers, Ali Treki, will take over the 2009-2010 presidency of the UN General Assembly. What's next for Gaddafi and his henchmen? The Nobel Prize?