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Pan Am Bomber Could Live Another 10 or 20 Years

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 3:24 pm


A report in the Sunday Times said Libyan authorities, keen to secure Megrahi’s release, asked several experts to put a three-month estimate on the bomber’s life but Professor Sikora was the only one to agree.

Professor Sikora, the dean of medicine at Buckingham University and medical director of CancerPartnersUK in London, was paid for his medical assessment of Megrahi at Greenock prison on July last year.

He told the newspaper: “There was always a chance he could live for 10 years, 20 years … But it’s very unusual. “It was clear that three months was what they were aiming for. Three months was the critical point. “On the balance of probabilities, I felt I could sort of justify [that].”

He denied he came any under pressure, but admitted: “It is embarrassing that he’s gone on for so long.”

“There was a 50 per cent chance that he would die in three months, but there was also a 50 per cent chance that he would live longer.”

There’s a 100 per cent chance that this guy is a scumbag.

33 Responses to “Pan Am Bomber Could Live Another 10 or 20 Years”

  1. Send dear Doctor Professor Sikora to Libya to tend to Megrahi until one of them dies.

    Kevin Murphy (5ae73e)

  2. Kill Sikora then Megrahi.

    pitchforksntorches (888cb1)

  3. I’m so happy for him. Thank you, Great Britain.

    JEA (0d6bde)

  4. It’s time for a missile in a training exercise in the Med to go off course and someone in the U.K. to have a traffic accident if we had a right thinking president in office.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  5. Bounty, anyone?

    Chris Hooten (e40959)

  6. Probably done for some sort of oil, or oil drilling deal.

    the friendly grizzly (670827)

  7. “Bounty, anyone?”

    No thanks, I try to conserve paper products.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  8. England ended up with drilling rights in Libya in exchange for this guy’s release. BP is doing the work. Lame Cherry (blog) ties it in with Zero and the Gulf spill as not accidental.

    The NASA piece above does indeed read like The Onion. I thought the Sestak-Romanoff thing was grounds for impeachment. So many distractions and violations… It’s just a blur. 2012 is like a mirage.

    Vermont Neighbor (b292bd)

  9. Don’t blame the shill – blame the UK politicians who let it happen, and Obama for not putting his foot down to stop it. (There is no way the Administration didn’t get a heads-up on this).

    Adjoran (ec6a4b)

  10. Tough cookies, guys, you should have stayed with me, instead of going with that guy with the white beard on Mount Sinai.

    apollo, the god of medicine and prophecy (db4a41)

  11. I don’t resent a little bit more of life (and freedom) to a human being.

    Golden girls and lads all must
    As chimney sweepers come to dust.

    apollo the wolf-killer and god of poetry (db4a41)

  12. Say, did Artemis ever get any?

    AD - RtR/OS! (ed07ac)

  13. No.

    She asked Zeus to make her fully grown up the minute she was born, so she always stayed an infant emotionally.

    Some guy chased after her, and she turned him into a deer and his hunting dogs ate him.

    And why are you up so late, AD?

    apollo the wolf-killer and god of poetry (db4a41)

  14. I’m nk.

    nk (db4a41)

  15. Death is such a goddamn long time.

    nk (db4a41)

  16. It sure is. Just ask the Pan Am victims and their families. They’ll tell you how long death is.

    Patterico (81c453)

  17. Maybe it’s my fault for changing the discussion, but … I dunno … in all our “failings”, we are kinder than God.

    nk (db4a41)

  18. Gaddafi sold Megrahi out and then bought him back.

    nk (db4a41)

  19. I have a “medical assessment” for sale: pay me some money and I will kindly tell you just how far Professor Sikora’s head has been inserted up his rectum.

    Icy Texan (80d2e7)

  20. The only way this sort of compassionate discharge should be granted is if the convicted defendant — aka the scumbag murdering terrorist — agrees in advance to wear one of those collars filled with explosives, like the one Rutger Hauer had to wear in that really bad sci-fi movie, where the explosives go off if you wander out of range of your permitted area or if you try to tamper with or remove the collar. But this collar would also have an auto-explode on the scumbag’s projected death date.

    (I’m kidding. I’m against compassionate release of any murderer on grounds like these in any case involving a homicide — much less the homicide of many dozens of innocents.)

    Beldar (ba1b1f)

  21. (The movie was called Wedlock. Has Hauer ever been any good in anything else other than “Blade Runner”?)

    Beldar (ba1b1f)


    O Reader take a moral from here, never know your end may be near, Change your living and make amends, for Heaven, on your deeds depends.

    This is the tale of an Average Man,
    Who acts contrary to Allah’s plan,
    If you are reflected herein,
    Then repent and commit no sin.

    It was early in the morning at four,
    When death knocked upon a bedroom door,
    “Who is there?” The sleeping one cried,
    “I am Izrael, Let me come inside.”

    At once the man began to shiver,
    As one sweating in deadly fever,
    He shouted to his sleeping wife,
    “Don’t let him take away my life.”

    “Please go away, O Angel of Death!
    Leave me alone; I’m not ready yet,
    My family depends on me,
    Give me a chance, O please perpend!”

    The angel knocked again and again,
    “Friend! I’ll take your life without a pain,
    It is your soul Allah requires,
    I come not with my own desire.”

    Bewildered, the man began to cry,
    “O Angel, I’m so afraid to die,
    I’ll give you gold and be your slave,
    Don’t send me to the unlit grave.”

    “Let me in, O Friend!” The Angel said,
    “Open the door; get up from your bed,
    If you do not allow me in,
    I will walk through it, like a Jinn.”

    The man held a gun in his right hand,
    Ready to defy the Angel’s stand,
    “I’ll point my gun, towards your head,
    You dare come in; I’ll shoot you dead.”

    By now the Angel was in the room,
    Saying, “O Friend! Prepare for you doom,
    Foolish man, Angels never die,
    Put down your gun and do not sigh.”

    “Why are you afraid! Tell me O man,
    To die according to Allah’s plan?
    Come smile at me; do not be grim,
    Be Happy to return to Him.”

    “O Angel! I bow my head in shame,
    I had no time to take Allah’s name,
    From morning till dusk, I made my wealth,
    Never even caring for my health.”

    “Allah’s commands, I never obeyed,
    Nor five times a day, I ever prayed,
    A Ramadan came and a Ramadan went,
    But no time had I to repent.”

    “The Hajj was already fard on me,
    But I would not part with my money,
    All charities, I did ignore,
    Taking usury more and more.”

    “Sometimes I sipped my favorite wine,
    With flirting women I sat to dine,
    O Angel! I appeal to you,
    Spare my life for a year or two.”

    “The Laws of Qur’an I will obey,
    I’ll begin Salaat this very day,
    My Fast and Hajj, I will complete,
    And keep away from self-conceit.”

    “I will refrain from usury,
    And give all my wealth to charity,
    Wine and wenches I will detest,
    Allah’s oneness I will attest.”

    We Angels do what Allah demands,
    We cannot go against His commands,
    Death is ordained for everyone,
    Father, mother, daughter or son.”

    “I’m afraid, this moment is your last,
    Now be reminded, more of your past,
    I do understand your fears,
    But it is now too late for tears.”

    “You lived in this world, two score and more,
    Never did you, your people adore,
    Your parents, you did not obey,
    Hungry beggars, you turned away.”

    “Your two ill-gotten, female offspring’s,
    In nightclubs, for livelihood they sing,
    Instead of making more Muslims,
    You made your children non-Muslims.”

    “You ignored the Muezzin’s Adhaan,
    Nor did you read the Holy Qur’an,
    Breaking promises all your life,
    Backbiting friends, and causing strife.”

    “From hoarded goods, great profits you made,
    And your poor workers, you underpaid,
    Horses and cards were your leisure,
    Money-making was your pleasure.”

    “You ate vitamins, and grew more fat,
    With the very sick, you never sat,
    A pint of blood, you never gave,
    Which could a little baby save.”

    “O Human, you have done enough wrong,
    You bought good properties for a song,
    When the farmers appealed to you,
    You did not have mercy, this is true.”

    “Paradise for you? I cannot tell,
    Undoubtedly you will dwell in hell,
    There is no time for you to repent,
    I’ll take your soul for which I am sent.”

    The ending however, is very sad,
    Eventually the man got very mad,
    With a cry, he jumped out of bed,
    And suddenly, he fell down dead.

    Wherever you are, death will find you out, even you are in towers built up strong and high! (Qur’an 4:78)

    nk (db4a41)

  23. Has Hauer ever been any good in anything else other than “Blade Runner”?)

    Comment by Beldar — 7/5/2010 @ 6:41 am

    He’s always good but picks bad roles.

    I think it was The Hitcher where he played a Killer on The Road. That was good. And then a movie about a blind assassin — a Zatoichi/Shane ripoff.

    And a medieval movie too bad to remember. The one with Sylvester Stallone, they deserved each other.

    nk (db4a41)

  24. Actually Nighthawks was pretty good for it’s time. Ladyhawke I never really got the hang of, Wedlock
    wasn’t as bad as the sequel,

    ian cormac (93d17d)

  25. WHAT? Lies were told by a paid-off doctor to gain the release of a terrorist? Noooooo.

    I wonder what the victims families are thinking. I think I know.

    Vivian Louise (643333)

  26. Laurence Olivier never made a good movie when he directed himself. Actors, no matter how good they are are as actors, need good direction and a good script.

    nk (db4a41)

  27. The case was very thin, Vivian Louise. Only God knows if Megrahi is guilty. High probability that some other minions of Qadafi’s are.

    nk (db4a41)

  28. Re Comment 19 by Icy Texan — that was perfectly stated.

    Liz (9d1bb3)

  29. dean of medicine
    nutted by reality
    frightfully sorry… old chap

    ColonelHaiku (9cf017)

  30. Has Hauer ever been any good in anything else other than “Blade Runner”?

    I’ll second the notion that he’s been good mostly, but the roles have not; with the exception of my personal faves of “The Hitcher” – pure evil –
    and “Nighthawks”, where I thought he was the perfect Bader-Meinhoff thug, and it would have been a nice movie if Sly had had something else to do that week.

    AD - RtR/OS! (6e3949)

  31. Speaking of the old Baader-Meinhoff gang, did anyone else happen to see the movie The Baader-Meinhoff Complex ?

    A superb movie that refused to romanticize this time in history.

    GeneralMalaise (9cf017)

  32. That particular “Chris Hooten” above was me. I had goofed him a few days ago (rather obvious goof so that no one was fooled it was truly him), but then I forgot to change back the autofill on my computer.

    Mitch (e40959)

  33. Nighthawks was good, and Ladyhawke RULES!

    Icy "Michelle Pfeiffer is My Goddess" Texan (4fa53c)

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