On Wednesday December 21, 1988 189 Americans aboard Pan Am flight 103 heading from London to New York were blown out of the sky falling over 30,000 feet to their deaths with many found on the ground strapped in their seats apparently uninjured from the blast itself. Nobody can say for certain just how far down they rode their seat before they perished but one thing is certain many people didn’t die immediately after the plane broke apart. I can’t begin to imagine what may have been going through the minds of what was left of the 259 passengers who weren’t killed immediately after the bomb blast as they were contemplating their certain doom.
Yesterday the only person convicted of this horrendous crime, a man who wound up spending just about two weeks per murdered victim behind bars, became a free man when a Scottish judge released him because it is claimed he is suffering from terminal cancer and has “only” three months to live. I can’t help but wonder how long it takes to fall 35,000 feet?
Today Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi is living large indeed after receiving a ‘hero’s welcome’ as he stepped from the airplane that brought him home.
Reuters–The United States and Britain on Friday condemned a “hero’s welcome” given to the newly released Lockerbie bomber, with London scrambling to stem fallout from the decision to free him on humanitarian grounds. (SNIP) Hundreds of young Libyans gathered at an airport in Tripoli to welcome Megrahi home on Thursday and cheered and waved national flags as his car sped away. Large public gatherings are rare and are usually tightly controlled in Libya.
Mr. Obama and others in his administration issued the obligatory “outrage” over the release of Megrahi and subsequent boisterous welcome once he arrived on Libyan soil,
“I think it was highly objectionable,” U.S. President Barack Obama told reporters at the White House, referring to the welcome Megrahi received.
“It is disturbing to see images suggesting that Megrahi was accorded a hero’s welcome instead of being treated as a convicted murderer,” said White House spokesman Bill Burton.
US attorney general Eric Holder said: ‘We are extremely disappointed with the Scottish Executive’s decision to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi. The interests of justice have not been served by this decision. There is simply no justification for releasing this convicted terrorist whose actions took the lives of 270 individuals, including 189 Americans.”
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What I find interesting is the Obama administration managed to force the world’s largest manager of private wealth assets and Europe’s second largest bank, Switzerland’s UBS AG, to hand over information on over 4,400 accounts held by American citizens, after originally demanding access to 52,000, ostensibly to track down “tax cheaters.” Oddly Obama can find plenty of those right under his nose.
While Switzerland is legendary for its banking secrecy this agreement with UBS and potentially other Swiss banks to hand over an unprecedented amount of information on accounts held by thousands of Americans threatens to harm the country’s reputation for privacy which has made its banking industry a global powerhouse and a critical part of the Swiss economy.
Now I have to wonder how in the world the U.S. possesses the ability to shred the centuries old tradition of Switzerland’s banking privacy but couldn’t convince Scotland to keep a Muslim convicted of killing 270 people, 189 of them American citizens, in an unspeakable act of terrorism, which is largely responsible for the maddening levels of security at airports all over the world, for another lousy three months until the man died of his medical complications?
From everything we’ve read and heard Obama is like a God in the eyes of every country on the planet and his word alone can part oceans, stop disease in its tracks, end hunger and poverty and generally convince just about anyone to do what he says because it is best for all of mankind.
That being the case it seems to me all Obama had to do was pick up the phone and call Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond and Kenny MacAskill the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and tell them in no uncertain terms this convicted murderer of 189 American citizens was not going to be going home to his Muslim Libya, he was going to be sitting in a cell serving out his sentence regardless of the fact he was allegedly dying of cancer. Somehow I get the feeling that is precisely what George W. Bush would have done.
Instead Obama is far too busy kowtowing to a rapidly growing segment of the world’s population that is hell bent on destroying our country as we know it.
I’m still looking for that video Obama put out during America’s National Day of Prayer. Oh that’s right, there isn’t one.
Washington Times.com–President Obama is distancing himself from the National Day of Prayer by nixing a formal early morning service and not attending a large Catholic prayer breakfast the next morning.
All Mr. Obama will do for the National Day of Prayer, which is Thursday, is sign a proclamation honoring the day, which originated in 1952 when Congress set aside the first Thursday in May for the observance.
For the past eight years, President George W. Bush invited selected Christian and Jewish leaders to the White House East Room, where he typically would give a short speech and several leaders offered prayers.
Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday that the president is simply reverting back to pre-Bush administration practice. (SNIP)
Pressed by reporters as to the lack of a formal ceremony, Mr. Gibbs said the proclamation was Mr. Obama’s choice.
“That’s the way the president will publicly observe National Prayer Day – privately, he’ll pray as he does every day,” Mr. Gibbs said.