Leave it to the USA, the most ”religious” nation on earth to go ballistic over the compassionate release of the Libyan Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset Al-Megrahi. Forget about the ridiculous and inappropriate welcome he received in Libya, it is of no account in evaluating this issue.The Scottish National government made the correct decision, choosing mercy over justice and the gospel over law.
A dying man is allowed dignity in his final days. Even a bomber is made in the image of God.
But no the director the FBI melts with indignation.The act of mercy gives “comfort to terrorists around the world,” says Robert Mueller, the Director of the FBI.He writes to the Scottish PM in the predictable language of the law (I am familiar with the facts, and the law. … And I do so because I am outraged at your decision, blithely defended on the grounds of ‘compassion.'”)
The facts and the law are Mueller’s weapons, the weapons of the iron cased law—it’s all Mueller knows. He can’t move on to mercy.
Nor can the Globe and Mail which described the Scottish decision as “naivete.”
Mercy, a gospel demand will always appear foolish to fundamentalists of all stripes—Christians for capital punishment, institutions like the FBI and newspapers like the Globe.