Life Isn't Fair (14 of 40) by Stephen Whitney
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On December 21, 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 was headed to the United States when it exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland killing
all 259 people on board and 11 people on the ground. It was the worst bombing of an airplane in history and lead to the scanning
of all checked baggage taken on to an airplane.
The investigation led to Libya who was seeking retaliation against the United States for killing some of Moammar Gadhafi's family because of his involvement in international terrorism.
It took years but eventually the former Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of taking part of the bombing. He was sentenced to serve a minimum of 27 years in a Scottish prison for Britain's deadliest terrorist attack. But even that sentence was not enough justice for the man convicted of killing so many innocent people on their way home for Christmas.
Then after serving only eight years of his 27 year sentence he
was diagnosed with advanced prostrate cancer and the Scottish Supreme Court decided to free him and allow him to return to Libya to die in his homeland out of compassion even though the United States strongly objected.
The families of those who were killed expressed their outrage that the Scottish judges would show him compassion in spite of his terrible crime against humanity.
Wearing a white Nike baseball cap, a scarf that covered most of
his face and walking with the aid of a wooden cane he boarded Moammar Gadhafi's private jet to return home to Libya.
Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said although he had not shown compassion to his victims- many of whom were American college students flying home for Christmas - he was
motivated by Scottish values to show mercy.
He said, 'Some hurts can never heal, some scars can never fade.
Those who have been bereaved cannot be expected to for get, let alone forgive ...
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