– Randy Bish, cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Friday, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi – the only person convicted in the December 21, 1988 bombing that took down Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland – returned home to Libya a free man. He served only 11 days for each of the 270 people who died on the plane and the unsuspecting residents of Lockerbie who died on the ground.
His release, based on a doctor’s confirmation that al-Megrahi has terminal prostate cancer, has outraged people in every civilized country in the world. Libya, on the other hand, managed to outrage the masses even further by giving al-Megrahi a hero’s welcome. There are photos of that welcome-home celebration. I’ll pass.
Rather, I’d like to point out that while it’s been 21 years since that act of terrorism, we need to remind ourselves that “270” isn’t just a number. Each number represents a person with family and every reason to look forward to heading home. Rather than show photos of an allegedly terminally ill terrorist returning home to a hero’s welcome, I thought it might put things into perspective to publish a list of those people who were not given the chance to return home to die. Source: Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 web site. I urge you all to read through the list if just to fully comprehend the scope and enormity of this heinous act of cowardice.