compassion and mercy

Posted in opinion on August 22nd, 2009 by george

This morning, on a BBC website, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8212153.stm, I watched the Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill explain his decision to release Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi. It is a very clear, unbiased explanation on behalf of the Scottish people, in which the words ‘compassion’ and ‘mercy’ stand out.

I also had a  look at a video clip in which for 35 seconds, President Obama http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8213076.stm mumbled a short list of muddled sound bites suggesting Megrahi’s release was a ‘mistake’. He did this presumably to mollify the various factions and opinions within the nation he represents.

I am a great admirer of Mr Obama, and considering the impossible expectations of the whole world that he is currently shouldering, he deserves our support. Nonetheless it is very disappointing to see him apparently giving in to the pressure he must surely be under to relay the knee jerk reactions of many Americans. Read more »

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