In December of 1988, Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people. Among them were 35 students on study abroad from Syracuse University. It sent ripples through the campus (see the whispering memorial below) and now the tragedy is as much a part of the campus fabric as the bonfire tragedy is for Texas A&M.
In 2001, my last year at Syracuse, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was convicted of the bombing thtat killed 270 passengers; he was sentenced to a minimum life term of 25 years. And though his conviction could not bring back lost loved ones, there was some sweat relief for those families involved.
It was reported last night that the Scottish justice secretary, Kenny MacAskill, has asked the Libyan government to make preparations for Megrahi’s imminent release and arrange his flight home due to terminal, final stage prostate cancer.
I wish I could say I was compassionate enough like that of the Scottish parole board (granting a compassionate early release, obviously), but Megrahi should rot in his jail cell for what he did.