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Lockerbie and a Cure for Cancer

Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi – convicted in Scotland for his role in the Lockerbie bombing, which killed 270 people, but released last August on humanitarian grounds because terminal prostate cancer left him only three months to live – appears to be alive and well in Libya.

The local Scottish council is now abiding by Megrahi’s refusal to release his medical records. I guess the logic is, “Terrorism is forgivable and justice is expendable, but how could we ever violate the privacy of a mass murderer?” 

As an aside, perhaps Steve Clemons asked about the Megrahi case during his recent junket to Libya, in between commenting on Libyan strongman Qadhafi’s flair and sense of style? Do tell . . .

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.


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