David Calling

The David Pryce-Jones blog.

Twelve Months and Counting


A year has now passed since the Lockerbie bomber, Abdulbaset Al-Megrahi, was released from prison in Scotland. The Scottish authorities responsible for his release told the world that Megrahi was suffering from cancer, and had a life expectancy of no more than three months. The release, they claimed, was purely on the grounds of compassion.

It is a fairly recent development that authorities in Britain lie to the public as a matter of course — up till about 1970 this was not the case. At the time of Megrahi’s release, the politicians were even more shifty than usual, trying to pass the buck. So it was obvious that we were being lied to, and that Megrahi would not die of cancer within three months, maybe not within years, and then only from old age. I said so on David Calling.

We shall probably never know whether the authorities lied because they were cooking up oil contracts with Libya, or because they knew that an appeal pending from Megrahi would reveal that a miscarriage of justice had occurred in sentencing him, and they hoped to save face by hurrying him out of the way and so making the appeal redundant. Moreover, we have only lately discovered that the doctor who gave Megrahi the prognosis of three months was in the pay of Libya.

In the first instance, justice to the Lockerbie victims is at issue. Beyond that, however, the case shows that Libya, an insignificant country under the erratic and destructive dictatorship of Moammar Qaddafi these 40 years, has the power to set the agenda for Britain. Lockerbie is only one of several murderous coups inflicted on Britain by Islamist terrorists, and only intelligence work and policing has prevented a number of others.

An Islamist terrorist now planning to murder more British people is able to conclude that if he is captured before or after his attack, he too can expect to be lightly punished: Some friendly doctor has only to diagnose a medical reason for his compassionate release. The handling of Megrahi illustrates the Islamification now spreading everywhere, and the incapacity throughout the democracies, and most markedly in Britain, to understand the implications, let alone confront them. It seems an omen that the proposed mosque at Ground Zero passed its last official hurdle on the very day that Megrahi celebrated his first year spent in the comfortable villa allotted to him by Qaddafi.


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