Imagine, it is 7:01 PM; you are relaxing on a flight from London to JFK; you are on a wonderful Boeing 747 named “Clipper Maid of the Seas”; Captain Jim MacQuarrie has just announced that the plane has reached its cruising altitude of 31,000 feet; the flight attendants may have just served you a beverage or a snack; perhaps your small children are seated around you asking you to read to them or they need a pillow or a blanket; then… a fireball with intense heat roars through the cabin, igniting all flammable materials; a rapid decompression starts in the cabinet pulling the fireball in all directions while seeking the low pressure breaches; debris is ripping flesh everywhere; the wall next to you is ripped away; you are gazing at the open sky and the 31,000 feet of void below you is rushing by at over 400 knots; your small children are fear stricken; you know in your mind and heart that your worst nightmare has just happened; then you and 258 other souls on that 747 perish slowly and horribly along with another 11 innocent bystanders on the ground who are killed by debris from the “Clipper Maid of the Seas”.
Now we learn that the President of the United States of America, the leader of the FREE WORLD, the man we expect to safeguard all of our citizens and their children no matter where they are on this earth; “grudgingly supported the freeing of the Lockerbie bomber on compassionate grounds1” What possible “compassionate grounds” could there be for a person who terrorized, incinerated, maimed, slaughtered, and crushed to death 270 human beings?
From the Sunday Times, quoting from the US Embassy note:
“In it, the deputy head of the US embassy in London, Frank LeBaron, said the US believed Megrahi should remain in Greenock jail because of the seriousness of his conviction for killing 270 passengers and crew, and 11 Lockerbie townspeople, by bombing Pan Am flight 103 in 1988.
But he added: “Nevertheless, if Scottish authorities [conclude] that Megrahi must be released from Scottish custody, the US position is that conditional release on compassionate grounds would be a far preferable alternative to prisoner transfer, which we strongly oppose.””
Why the BUT! There should have been absolutely no condition that would have prompted our Commander in Chief to stipulate to any kind of release.
The article goes on to assert:
“Scottish officials took that to mean that the US had only “half-hearted” opposition to Megrahi’s release: the embassy comes under the direct control of the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, who became the most vigorous critic of Megrahi’s release.”
Now the Senate is asking questions of the administration about the connection to BP and Libya! The Guardian goes on to say:
“Senators in Washington are now pressing for the release of all correspondence between Obama’s administration and the Scottish government in their investigation into allegations that BP directly influenced the decision to release Megrahi to help its $800m oil deal with Libya”.
Rewind to Politico’s article on 5/5/2010 that asserted: “BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.” Tying the release of a mass murdering terrorist to campaign contributions is repulsive even when merely writing the words. To imagine that any sitting president could actually justify this kind of action is unthinkable.
Hopefully we will soon be able to view all of the documents surrounding this bizarre episode in our war on terror. If it is found that Obama did not absolutely stand against the release of Megrahi in the strongest of terms, he should resign for failing to “protect and defend”. If Obama gave his “half hearted”, tacit approval, in repayment to BP for campaign contributions, he should be impeached and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible, along with any and all cabinet members and advisors who were complicit in the decision. He also owes an apology to our long standing, and long suffering ally, Great Britain for pointing fingers at the UK all the while knowing the real truth. Maybe bowing in this instance would be justified. He certainly needs to bow to the victims’ families. We will not forget nor let this stand.
1 Guardian.CO.UK., “Barack Obama faces rising pressure to publish Lockerbie bomber release letter”, July 25th, 2010.
2 Politico, 5/5/2010; “Obama biggest recipient of BP cash”; “BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.