A mystery still remains concerning the extraordinary “compassion” shown by the Scottish government in releasing a mass murderer who was dying of cancer. Justice Secretary Jack Straw wrote letters to his counterpart in Scotland, Kenny MacAskill, which emphasized that it was in the UK’s “overwhelming interests” not to exclude Abdelbaset al-Megrahi from any prisoner exchange program. Two years ago during discussions between the UK and Libya over oil, Straw noted that “wider negotiations are reaching a critical stage” and the name of the Lockerbie bomber entered discussions between the UK and Scotland.
The United Kingdom needs a thorough investigation into this matter. Was oil the driving point in securing the release of this two bit muderer or was concern about “compassion” for a dying man the reason? Of course, it would be interesting to uncover how many murderers over the past decade were released from a lifetime sentence due to “compassion” on the part of the government. There is something smelly in the ancient kingdom of Scotland.
The Bush Wars of the Middle East have created a new generation of refugees ranging from Christians forced to flee Iraq to Afghans compelled to seek safety from the Bush “freedom and democracy” Afghanistan. Sahar Jahish, who lives in the Netherlands, recently returned to her native Afghanistan and was surprised to see women in the streets, a far cry from the land she left. The piercing looks from men impacted a woman attired in western dress and she even considered putting on a burqa. “They say women have been kept at home for a long time and men are not used to seeing women in the streets. It’s impossible for me to comprehend. This may sound stranger, but after experiencing this, I can understand why Afghan women wear a burqa.”
There is no question Afghanistan has changed due to the invasion. The real question is the depth of this change and how quickly the old ways will return once the Taliban gain power. It appears, despite billions spent on rebuilding Afghanistan, the change may be cosmetic. Is Afghanistan ready for Democracy, a la Bush style?