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Abdel Basset al-Megrahi Near Death From Cancer

August 28, 2011

I was one of the few who advocated for the release of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi in August of 2009.  I have never wavered on my position.   At the time I wrote these words.

While the primary reaction to this release was one of outrage and condemnation, I think we need to be thankful that the human touch, even for the most dreadful among us, has not been lost. While the monstrous action of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi will always define him, does not the release from prison for his terminal medical condition also define the rest of us.

Did this act of humanness, even for one that did not deserve it based on his life, catch the world so off guard due to the often coarse and harsh conditions that we encounter each day in the newspaper,at the office, or on a blog? Isn’t the release of the Lockerbie bomber under these conditions what we all would like to have the strenght to do? Is this act not our better angels prevailing over the darkness? Is not the teachings of our religion showcased by his release for medical reasons?

From CNN comes this news today.

Convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi is comatose, near death and likely to take secrets of the attack on Pan Am Flight 103 to his grave, CNN has found. 

CNN found al-Megrahi under the care of his family in his palatial Tripoli villa Sunday, surviving on oxygen and an intravenous drip. 

Al-Megrahi was released from the jail on compassionate grounds in 2009 after serving eight years of a 27-year sentence for his involvement in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in December 1988. All 259 passengers and crew aboard the plane, plus 11 people in the Scottish border town of Lockerbie, were killed.

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    August 29, 2011 12:03 PM

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