- The Washington Times - Friday, May 25, 2012

When the infamous Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, was released on “compassionate grounds” by the justice-blind Scots in August 2009, the world was told he was “near death.” Well, he has only now passed away, nearly three years later (“Convicted Lockerbie bomber buried in Libya,” Web, Monday).

I suppose those in the government of Scotland behind this scheme have a different interpretation of the words “near death” than reasonable people do. I hope they are happy that they were able to afford a ruthless mass murderer years of freedom: the ability to breathe fresh air and to spend time with his family, the things that were denied to those he slaughtered and their families, upon whom he imposed a life sentence of pain, grief and misery.

OREN M. SPIEGLER

Upper St. Clair, Pa.