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Nadine Dorries
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi
Posted Wednesday, 26 August 2009 at 12:16
I once met a man whose daughter was a stewardess on the fated Pan Am Lockerbie flight.

He was a man whose life had been taken over by the cruel event which had befallen him as he ceaselessly worked and campaigned to bring to justice those who had perpetrated this dreadful act of mass terrorism.

I will never forget how you could actually feel his loss and pain. It was in his eyes, his voice, and I remember thinking to myself - this man will never laugh again.

He was the first person I thought of when I heard that al-Megrahi had been returned to Libya, into the arms of his family, to spend his last months being cared for in the warmth of a hero's welcome.

Having shown no remorse or contrition, the decision to grant his release must surely be the worst decision to have been made by the devolved Scottish Parliament. 

As Britons who face the threat of terrorism on a daily basis, the very last thing this country needed was to be perceived as weak when it came to deciding the fate of a mass-murdering terrorist.

This was not an act of compassion - any compassion should have been directed towards those who have lost their loved ones and therefore as a result, to some extent, their own lives which may have been very different if Lockerbie had never occurred.

Those who were left to live their life in the ghost of the Pan Am flight did not want a man who murdered their children, wives, husbands, friends and parents, to spend his last days enjoying the very things they themselves they have been denied since that awful night.

Call me harsh and please forgive me for straying into the realms of religion, however; forgiveness can only be given following the utterance of one single word, sorry. We never heard that. It was never felt or offered.

As I write this, al-Megrahi is making memories. He will be eating and laughing with those he chooses. Exchanging physical affection with those he loves. Talking and conversing with those whose minds he wishes to share.

He can say his goodbyes amend his personal regrets and leave each person he cares for with a hug, a kiss and words they will remember.

He will choose his leaving and what he leaves behind.

This will be his pleasure for as long as he has left to live.

 Normalities of life those left behind would have gladly, willingly have given their own lives to have enjoyed and shared for just one more day with their own loved ones who were, by the courtesy of al-Megrahi, violently blown out of the sky.

And so we live in a nation which allows this to happen. We are led by a man who's Government gave us this devolved Parliament and who sickeningly can not condemn with the words which as a father, not as a Prime Minister, should flow from his mouth with ease.

You don't need a spin doctor to tell you what to say if you can imagine how you would feel if a terrorist blew up your daughter.

You just need to be a normal feeling individual who can see right from wrong instantly.

Al-Megrahi has three months to live. He only needed to say one word, he failed, however; he succeeded in exposing once again how hugely inadequate and incapable Gordon Brown is and how it is impossible to be led, without shame by a man who deploys a moral filter.
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