NY Conservative ExaminerTodd Keister
Islamic TerroristÂ’s release exposes the weakness of Western Civilization
Terrorist al-Megrahi (left) was released August 20 after serving only 7 years for the murder of 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in December of 1988.Â Source photos/AP
Today, the Scottish justice secretary announced the decision to release the Libyan intelligence officer convicted of taking part in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The convicted terrorist, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and is being released on “compassionate grounds.”
For those of you who do not remember; it was four days before Christmas, in December 1988, and two hundred fifty-nine souls were flying unheard through the clear, cold nighttime skies above the Scottish countryside. The passengers of Pan Am Flight 103 bound for New York from London had been in the air for a little over thirty minutes and were settling in for the transatlantic crossing; among them forty-five students from Syracuse, Brown, Colgate, and Oswego State Universities, returning home from study abroad.
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Suddenly, a bomb hidden in a suitcase exploded in the cargo hold under the cockpit of the 747, punching a twenty-inch hole in the side of the airplane. Within a few seconds, the cockpit and first class section of the plane broke away, ripping off the number three engine as it peeled away and began falling to Earth. The terrified passengers inside the aircraft were struck with tornado-force winds and air as cold as -50 degrees Fahrenheit. The winds shredded the passengers’ clothes and hurled unsecured objects and human bodies like missiles through the fuselage. The terrified screams of some would be snuffed out quickly, as the sudden drop in air pressure would cause the air to rapidly expand and burst their lungs. Most, however would survive the initial blast of wind and cold as the decapitated aircraft began its plunge.
As the shattered 747 continued on its long, six-mile fall, those who survived the initial breakup of the aircraft had time to contemplate their deaths. Still strapped in their seats with only the sound of the wind, most passengers were ejected as the fuselage continued to break apart â€“ many suffering agonizing injuries in the process. The pilot and crew in the cockpit were the first to die, as they slammed into a field near a church, while the main section of the plane’s fuselage plowed into the village of Lockerbie, killing two entire families as they slept in their beds; eleven villagers in all,Â setting buildings ablaze as the jet fuel ignited on impact – the bodies of the passengers falling like rain for miles around. A lone flight attendant, strapped in her seat, was found still alive in a farmer’s field, but died before help could arrive.
The mass slaughter of these innocent victims was carried out, as thousands of murders before and since, in the name of the Muslim god, Allah. The Libyan dictator Muamar Quadaffi and his intelligence service carried out the bombing as part of their on going war against Israel and Western Civilization for the glory of their god.
Eventually, under immense international pressure, Libya turned over the two intelligence officers indicted by a Scottish court for the murders, wherepon they were tried under Scottish law in the Netherlands. al-Megrahi was convicted, while his co-defendant was set free. After appeals, al-Megrahi was finally jailed for his crime in March of 2002 â€“ more than thirteen years after the mass murder. Today, al-Megrahi returns to Libya a hero and enjoys the comforts of home and family.
This gross miscarriage of justice reveals something more than a weakness in Scottish law or the misapplication of mercy in the instant case. This case speaks to the lack of will on the part of the larger Western world to defend itself against the attacks of a rival civilization. This has been plainly evident in the weak-willed responses to terrorism throughout the 1990’s which led up to the September 11, 2001 attacks, and it is again apparent as the Obama administration closes the Guantanamo prison facility, forbids its members from even using the word terrorism, and has publicly declared the War on Terror at an end â€“ even while our enemies continue to plot our downfall.
Even after the September 11 slaughter, leftists in the Western world have been far more concerned with “mistreatment” of terrorist murderers than with pressing the fight against those who openly call for our destruction. Westerners have been murdered en masse: blown up, shot, incinerated, kidnapped, tortured, and beheaded, while the Western intelligencia and mass media wrings its hands about our “atrocities”, like putting underwear on a terrorist’s head, having a woman get near him, keeping his jail cell too cold, or dropping his Koran in the crapper.
We are locked in a struggle against an aggressor civilization that cloaks brutality and murder in the glory of religion. It is a civilization that regards us as sub-human; that murders its women for crimes such as showing their face in public, being a rape victim, or learning to read – a civilization that murders its men for shaving their beards, being a homosexual, or reading the wrong books.
Yet, in the face of this enemy, Western civilization collectively lacks the will to effectively fight back. Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill apparently lacks the will to keep a mass-murderer in jail during his last days â€“ even in his comfortable private cell and with his specially-prepared Muslim menu. Mr. MacAskill, who is doubtless a very thoughtful and compassionate man, summed up our shared weakness in his announcement of the release, saying that the Scottish people “…pride ourselves on our humanity” and that, even though al-Megrahi was a heinous and detestable murderer, we “…cannot lose sight of who we are.” His speech was truly moving and his words about the Scottish people’s humanity, compassion, and need to remain true to their values are indeed true for all of us in Western civilization.
What Mr. MacAskill and the leftists among us in the West do not understand, is that our compassion must be tempered by the realities of war. al-Megrahi is a terrorist and a murderer who has already been shown compassion by being allowed to live â€“ and live quite comfortably. He has been given free medical treatment for his cancer and Muslim-friendly foods to eat. The superiority of our culture has been demonstrated; al-Megrahi has not had his head sawed off his living body on video, nor been taken up in an airplane to 31,000 feet and booted out the door. He was tried under Scottish law, sentenced to life in prison, and treated humanely in captivity â€“ there is no reason to show any more “compassion” for a man â€“ or a civilization â€“ that celebrates with religious fervor the horrifying deaths of those 270 innocents aboard Pan Am 103. Moreover, the focus in this matter is, as always, on the criminal â€“ what of compassion for the families of those butchered by Quadaffi’s henchmen? There is no concern for the additional pain this injustice will cause them. There will be no “compassionate grounds” that will release them from their life sentences of grief and loss.
And that is the true heart of the matter â€“ the Western elite has contempt for our way life and poisoned the well of public discourse. The leftist drones on about his love of freedom and our way of life, but in truth he holds our civilization in contempt as racist, imperialistic, and exploitative, and so finds it easier to show compassion for a terrorist killer than for the widow of his victim. He recoils in horror at a picture of a terrorist made to take his clothes off at Abu Ghraib, but seeks to “understand” the motives of men who fly jets into buildings packed with innocent people.
Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy has said that we must treat terrorist “soldiers” the same way we would want our soldiers to be treated. Senator John Kerry has said of America’s servicemen, “…there is no reason…that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children.” The Democrat’s number two Senator, Dick Durbin, stood on the floor of the United States Senate and said the following about American Marines;
“If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners under their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime â€“ Pol Pot or others â€“ that had no concern for human beings. Sadly this is not the case.”
What horrifying account of torture had the Senator revealed that prompted him to compare the US Marines to Nazis, communists, and Khmer Rouge butchers? He described a terrorist held at Guantanamo Bay who had been restrained with chains, had his cell air-conditioned to an uncomfortable level, and had been forced to listen to rap music. To provide some perspective, while exactly zero prisoners have been killed at the Guantanamo Bay resort, the death camps of the Soviets, Nazis, and Khmer Rouge tortured, starved, and slaughtered no less than 13.2 million human beings.
Western civilization must reject the self-loathing of such traitors. We must turn our face toward this vicious enemy and comprehend its evil nature. We face a long, twilight struggle for the survival of our entire way of life against an enemy that does not regard any of us â€“ not our soldiers, not our women, or even our children â€“ as worthy of any compassion. If we cannot muster the collective will to simply keep such savages locked up in guilded prison cells, we are doomed to lose this struggle, and so sentence humanity to a thousand years of darkness under the heel of Muslim brutality.
Hero’s welcome for Lockerbie bomber who slaughtered 270 as shabby deal sparks U.S. outrage
Three events took place this week that are seemingly disconnected, but in each event a meaningful value was distorted almost beyond recognition. It’s important to look at how the values were distorted and to learn the lessons that need to be learned for the future.
The first value isÂ compassion.
Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, suffering from terminal prostate cancer, was freed from prison in Scotland, with Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill citing compassionate grounds for the release and saying al Megrahi was “going home to die.”
A large crowd, waving flags and honking horns, greeted al Megrahi at the military airport in Tripoli.
But the Torah teaches us that compassion is not always the correct value to invoke. The classic case of compassion wrongly shown is the case of King Saul, who ignored God’s command to totally wipe out the Amalekites – who posed a mortal threat to the Jews – allowing their female children, sheep and king to survive. The king managed to escape long enough to impregnate a woman, and as a result, the Amalekites survived and continue – say the rabbis – to threaten the Jews in every generation (albeit under different names). God punished Saul by revoking the royal line from his family.
Our rabbis derive from this story that one who is kind to the cruel ends up being cruel to the kind. Saul ends up pursuing King David all over the land of Israel, and ends up murdering an entire city of priests who helped King David without knowing that he was fleeing from Saul.
Al-Megrahi is a mass murderer. Although he is dying, releasing him to the hero’s welcome that took place in Tripoli on Thursday was completely out of place. Aside from the fact that it let a mass murderer feel loved, it let the next mass murderer know that society will forgive his crime too, even without any remorse on his part.
The second value is freedom of expression. Earlier this week, the Swedish tabloidÂ Aftonbladet published a disgraceful story that accused IDF soldiers ofÂ harvesting organs from dead ‘Palestinians.’