The convicted Lockerbie bomber has been flown home to Libya after being freed from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds. Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, 57, was jailed in 2001 for the atrocity which claimed 270 lives in 1988.
Abdel Baset Al-Megrahi was just an instrument in the Lockerbie affair. He was used to carry out the bombing, and then he was surrendered by Libya to stand trial in favour of normalizing its relations with the West. Now he is going to be released not to allow the relations between Libya and UK turn sour.
His release is a compromise for the two parties. For face-saving, he served his incomplete sentence in Scotland and he is going to die in Libya. Very few people would look back at his death if he died in prison. Politicians will have to look forward. The USA killed more than 200,000 Japanese through its nuclear bomb during the Second World War. The two countries had to go ahead. Libya allegedly killed 270 people. It offered compensations for their relatives. Now, it is going to offer lucrative investments to the UK. That is the cynical aspect of politics.
The question is not whether it is right or wrong to release the Lockerbie bomber, but what is the right thing to do, to miss out on economic opportunities or to keep relations between UK and Libya a hostage of people who died and a bomber who’s going to die. In politics, generally, there are not feeling but high interests.
Maybe the relief for those who oppose his release is that he will die soon and with him will be buried a sad chapter. Life has to go on for those who survived the Lockerbie victims.