Today is December 21st. It’s the first day of winter but for some, it’s a time to mourn those who were savagely killed in a deadly act of terrorism that occurred on this day in 1988.
Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland 28 years ago, standing as an early and bitter taste of radical Islamic terrorism that would come.
What used to be shocking is now mundane as the corpses pile up.
Some progressives even refuse to label it for what it is: Islamist terrorism.
Part of the human condition is to remember the victims, so I’d like to tell you about my friend, Hanne-Maria Maijala, who was aboard that doomed Pan Am flight.
Watch as I tell you about her and share part of what the world lost that day when the plane was taken down with a bomb by a piece of filth called Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi.
He was convicted in 2001 for his role in the bombing but never once displayed an ounce of remorse. In 2009, Scotland’s justice secretary, Kenny MacAskill, gave al-Megrahi a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free card on compassionate grounds because he was suffering from terminal prostrate cancer.
We’re supposed to be tough on terrorists, but are we? Does MacAskill even know the meaning of the word “compassion”? Did he ever speak to the 270 families that had to bury their loved ones thanks to al-Megrahi’s atrocity?
What “compassion” did al-Megrahi show his innocent victims prior to vaporizing them? We’ll never be able to prevent acts of terrorism, but we can surely mount a proper response to terrorism which would include not showing terrorists or rogue nations misplaced “compassion”.
I wonder what Hanne-Maria would have said about al-Megrahi’s early release had she survived. Unlike al-Megrahi, she and the 269 other victims of Pan Am 103 never did get that second chance.