Hello Bloggers! Just to show I'm an equal opportunity offender, I thought I would share my comment today posted on The Times of London reacting to an article about the Libyan terrorist released from Scottish prison on compassionate grounds. It seems cancer is a get out of jail free card in Scotland.
It may come as a surprise to those who consider me a liberal push-over, but I disagree with the release. I've known injustice (where people get away with it) and I don't like it. That guy deserved to either die in prison or in a nearby hospital as an inmate.
He did not deserve to go free. He certainly should not have enjoyed a hero's welcome. The whole thing made me sad on behalf of the victims' families. They deserved more justice. From The Times article about the Lockerbie bombing:
"I put up with all the horrible criticism of the American justice system yesterday. It was offensive, but I'm used to it as a reader of the British press. Granted, our system suffered a lot lately under Bush, but it's not as bad as you guys make out.
I'm a big fan of the UK, but the way you guys like to act as though you "never get involved in American affairs" yet we "always intrude on yours" is complete nonsense. I can name at least ten big cases over here recently where your press inserted itself, and nobody complained.
I'm tired of the cries of innocence every time a UK national is in a US court or up for extradition, and rarely do I see it the other way around. Too many people in the UK always think their own people are innocent, or that somehow the American system won't deliver real justice.
I didn't even have a strong feeling about the Libyan case until now, but it's clear the UK system has messed up this time. I don't even care if the guy's trial wasn't perfect - justice is rarely perfectly just. It doesn't matter where you live. We have to live with that fact.
The bottom line is the UK/Scotland delivered a propaganda coup to a country that killed 200+ innocent people and horrified those poor families screaming for justice. The whole episode is disgusting. You guys need to stop acting like everybody's so damn innocent, especially when a jury found them guilty."
If you're curious about their reactions, feel free to visit the comment section. It seems they lumped me into the category of being a "typical American" who wants to bully other countries - among other choice phrasing. Oh well, I gave it a shot.
For those reading from overseas, my reaction has nothing to do with being an American. It's about justice. I simply disagree with the release.
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