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2/20/2010

Generalissimo Francisco Franco Is Still Dead . . .

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:25 pm



And Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is still alive — three months past his expiration date:

SIX months after his release from a Scots jail, the Lockerbie bomber continues to live with his family in Libya.

When justice secretary Kenny MacAskill decided to free Abdelbaset al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds on August 21 last year, he said Scotland’s worst-ever mass murderer had only three months to live.

And every day the Libyan agent defies his terminal prostate cancer only prolongs the agony of the SNP government.

Scottish Labour yesterday called Megrahi’s release “a grave error of judgment” and a “national embarrassment that will shame Scotland for generations”.

MacAskill, who took sole responsibility for the release, insists he made the right call.

Well done, MacAskill.

26 Responses to “Generalissimo Francisco Franco Is Still Dead . . .”

  1. Once upon a time, in the British system of government in particular, a politician who made such a “grave error in judgment” usually had the dignity to resign or else his party would kick him to the curb.

    The Scottish National Party is the one that is even further left than Scottish Labour, right? Or am I mistaking them for someone else?

    JVW (fd30ab)

  2. People died, and Kenny MacAskill lied!

    AD - RtR/OS! (e05987)

  3. Isn’t Sean Connery a spokesman for SNP?

    AD - RtR/OS! (e05987)

  4. Hopefully it hurts like hell every time he has to pee

    SteveG (909b57)

  5. Either this was a sham or the Scots need to import Libyan health care.

    DRJ (6a8003)

  6. It’s for the oil, guess they’re worried that the North Sea Field is going dry.

    AD - RtR/OS! (e05987)

  7. He is a zombie, like ObamaCare.

    JD (7a7969)

  8. Well, I just consulted Wikipedia (because, as everyone knows it is 100% infallible) and the entry for the SNP characterizes it as “centre-left” (damn that British spelling), and doesn’t really define it on the spectrum vis a vis Labour. Still, the entry says that the SNP has pursued policies that can be referred to as “social democratic,” so I don’t think it is too much of a stretch to say that on the U.S. spectrum they would most likely be staunch Obamaphiles. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise, therefore, that their justice minister fell for all that “humanitarian” mumbo-jumbo that al-Megrahi’s supporters were peddling.

    JVW (fd30ab)

  9. Well, I just consulted Wikipedia (because, as everyone knows, it is 100% infallible) and the entry for the SNP characterizes it as “centre-left” (damn that British spelling), and doesn’t really define it on the spectrum vis a vis Labour. Still, the entry says that the SNP has pursued policies that can be referred to as “social democratic,” so I don’t think it is too much of a stretch to say that on the U.S. spectrum they would most likely be staunch Obamaphiles. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise, therefore, that their justice minister fell for all that “humanitarian” mumbo-jumbo that al-Megrahi’s supporters were peddling.

    JVW (fd30ab)

  10. It’s good to be once again reminded of the behind-the-scenes machinations of this injustice,

    Other experts had concluded in June and July that Megrahi, who had an aggressive prostate cancer, had up to 10 months to live. The bomber was duly freed 23 days after the latest assessment.

    But today The Sunday Telegraph can disclose that the medical evidence was paid for by the Libyan government, which encouraged the doctors to say that Megrahi had only three months to live.

    British and Scottish officials appear to have thought that it would be easier to justify Megrahi’s release to the US government if it was done on compassionate grounds.

    The disclosures will increase suspicions that they colluded to enable Megrahi, 57, to return to his homeland. Their motivation was that Libya had repeatedly warned that it would sever all trade links with Britain if Megrahi died in prison.

    In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Telegraph, the professor, who is the medical director of CancerPartnersUK in London, said he was initially “pessimistic” that the experts could say he would survive any less than a year.

    But Prof Sikora admitted that the Libyans had encouraged him to conclude that Megrahi had just three months to live following his examination. “The figure of three months was suggested as being helpful [by the Libyans],” he said.

    “To start with I said it was impossible to do that but, when I looked at it, it looked as though it could be done — you could actually say that.”

    The Sunday Telegraph has established that the Libyans paid a similar fee to Professor Jonathan Waxman, a leading prostate cancer expert.

    The third doctor was Professor Ibrahim Sharif, a Libyan oncologist from the Tripoli Medical Centre, who was also understood to have received a payment.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  11. That Islamic medecine is amazing!

    Did you know that muslims discovered North America?

    Did you know that muslims put the first men on the moon?

    Did you know that muslims invented the Sham Wow?

    Is there anything muslims cannot do? Don’t answer that!

    daleyrocks (718861)

  12. #11

    Get the stick out of their a&& ?

    SteveG (909b57)

  13. AD said it first at Comment #6. Three little letters — O-I-L. And as one of my favoritest bloggers likes to say, “Where Great Britain Used To Be”.

    nk (db4a41)

  14. And not all Muslims are Arabs.

    nk (db4a41)

  15. I wonder if the sorry fooker (MacAskill) received quid pro quo in the form of any oil vouchers for personal profit.

    peedoffamerican (cd95e1)

  16. Absolutely not. Can you imagine the international outrage if some oil-kleptocracy was to do such a thing…

    psst…want to trade a tanker of crude for some wheat?

    AD - RtR/OS! (e05987)

  17. this is an issue that could be solved overnight.

    all it takes is a spirit and some sdbs…..

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  18. Is there anything muslims cannot do?

    well, they’ve never gotten the hang of preparing pulled pork, which is, after all, the high point of civilization….

    they can’t make bourbon for shit either.

    fing barbarians, the lot of them.

    [note: released from moderation. –Stashiu]

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  19. hey, I have a distant cousin languishing in a scottish prison on drug related charges. The worst part is that he has porstrate cancer and will die very soon. When are they going to allow him to come home to his family and die in peace? Where is the justice?! Where is the compassion?

    Nigerian Observer (aa6be9)

  20. Nigerian,

    MacAskill is asking, “Where are the oil vouchers? Then we’ll talk about early release.”

    peedoffamerican (cd95e1)

  21. This story is just one more reason to support capital punishment, imo.

    CliveStaples (0c7505)

  22. peedoffamerican @20. Lol!! Is that what it has come to? Who knew….

    Nigerian Observer (9aa23b)

  23. The point is Mr Megrahi did not do Lockerbie. It was arranged by your CIA and the actual device had to be placed by the doctrinine of qesas by an Iranian.

    Pan Am 103 was destroyed to allow the Iranians their one and one only revenge for the downing of the Airbus IR-655 by the Vincennes.

    Your Government may go on about that being a mistake, but the Iranians never did, and from very early on vowed revenge.

    Mr HW Bush did not want his ascendancy to the White House to be undermined, so he arranged for his pals in the CIA to set up this wicked atrocity.

    The State Department was allowed to take all of its staff off the flight, which it why it was only 2/3 full four days before Christmas. Pan Am managed to sell some of the vacated seats at a discount to the Syracuse students and the like. The Iranians did not mind provided they got a comparable body count.

    The initial people who were going to take the rap were to be PFLP GC or PPSF, Jibril or Talb, but when it Iraq invaded Kuwait it became impossible to accuse either of those groups under Syrian protection, and like the Iranians silent allies of the US against Iraq, a new target had to be chosen. The evidence at the trial was weak beyond belief consisting of at most three clues, all concocted by your CIA. The trickster in charge of operations against Libya was put in charge of this pert of the operation.

    The political/governmental system of your country is rotten beyond redemption, and with the connivance of a viciously undemocratic British government you were allowed to destroy our forwnsic system and the Scottish judicial system.

    Feel proud of yourselves?

    Charles Norrie (1f5745)

  24. Charles:

    Is your conclusion consistent with the conclusion of the Court that convicted Megrahi?

    In analyzing the decision to release Megrahi, do you think that Megrahi’s innocence excuses MacAskill, even though MacAskill believed Megrahi to be guilty?

    CliveStaples (e8fad2)

  25. Charles @23.- Real heavy stuff you bring up here. Care to back it up?

    Nigerian Observer (ca5114)

  26. What is it with people named Charles? This is a fairly clear pattern.

    JD (1138b8)


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