Day of Shame for Scotland
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) - The only man convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 returned home to Libya to die after he was released from a Scottish prison Thursday, a decision that outraged some relatives of the 270 people killed when the jetliner blew up over Lockerbie, Scottland, more than two decades ago.But the President stepped up to the plate with regret for the Scottish capitulation and a sharply worded warning for Libya:
President Barack Obama said the Scottish decision to free terminally ill Abdel Baset al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds was a mistake and said he should be under house arrest. Obama warned Libya not to give him a hero's welcome.The President's warning had its effect:
Despite the warning, at the military airport in Tripoli where al-Megrahi's plane touched down thousands of youths were on hand to warmly greet him...At home, al-Megrahi is seen as an innocent scapegoat the West used to turn this African nation into a pariah, and his return is a cause for celebration. There was a festive atmosphere with some wearing T-shirts with al-Megrahi's picture and waving Libyan and miniature blue-and-white Scottish flags. Libyan songs blared in the background.Well done, Scots. I'll never again listen to "Scotland the Brave" without laughing out loud. Scotland should change their flag to reflect the Scottish Lion being boned by a goat.