Sunday, 23 August 2009
I have been holding back from commenting on this story . My initial reaction was very different from some other bloggers whose opinions I usually respect .
I think it is an affront to justice that this man has been released .
He has been convicted of a vile crime killing many Scots , Americans and other nationalities in a gruesome way . Anyone who remembers the details of the trial will still be horrified by this evil crime and will probably have supported , as I do , the imposition of a capital sentence on the man convicted .
The decision to release him , however , could have been made by any of the leftist politicians of any of the parties who dominate British and European politics . The same decision would have been made by a German Christian Democrat , a Spanish Socialist or a French Green .
All leftists believe that the criminal is not really to blame for his evil deeds . Poverty , racism , sexism , homophobia , Islamophobia , or some other state of contrived victimhood has forced him into his actions . He is a mere automaton and , therefore , the true victim .
But who then is to blame for the crime , if not the criminal ? Well , obviously , it is the oppressor classes who have inflicted this poverty , racism , etc., on the poor criminal - who other than the object of his justifiable assault on the society which has so oppressed him ? - the victim .
Therefore the guilty become innocent and the innocent guilty .
Under such circumstances it would be almost impossible for Mr.MacAskill not to have released the convict Megrahi (or "Mr. Megrahi" as the minister was so quick to label him) as doing so merely uses the same standard of justice as is applied to home-grown criminals .
Time for Change !