(This can be found at Examiner.com as well.)
Offering convicted murderers compassion is nearly always wrong.
In December, 1988, Abdel Basset al-Magrahi brought down Pan Am Flight #103. He murdered each one of the 259 passengers and crew members who were on board, in addition to 11 more innocents in the Scottish border town of Lockerbie. He was tried and convicted of mass murder. Inexplicably, he was sentenced to prison for only 27 years.
After serving 8 years (that’s less than one third of a grossly inadequate sentence to begin with), he was released fatuously on “compassionate grounds.” The reason? He was purportedly dying.
al-Magrahi has prostate cancer. While any type of cancer diagnosis is frightful, out of all of the differing types, this type in particular has the highest global survival rate. Even if this was not so and he had been diagnosed with a rapidly-growing brain tumor, for example, the decision was still monumentally imprudent.
At the time of his unjust liberation, his doctors argued, he had a mere three months to live.
Though it was neither, let us begin for purposes of argument by assuming his doctors made this prediction rightly and truthfully.
He still should not have been released.
At minimum, murderers should pay for their murders by serving long prison sentences. Even if they “come to Jesus” or experience genuine remorse for their actions (some do, no doubt), they should still be made to pay for their crimes. Merely expressing regret, even if the regret is real, is insufficient. To deter further evil, society must apply (swiftly and harshly) negative stimulii to negative acts. If we begin dispensing compassion to those who have expressed sincere remorse (and, inevitably, to those who lie because some deceive especially well), we will have done away with entirely anything even remotely resembling a criminal justice system.
Now, for the reality. In fact, al-Magrahi’s imminent death prediction was not made rightly and truthfully. It was made by terrorist apologists and sympathizers–people with no sense of morality. Those who helped al-Magrahi perpetrate yet another bad act are not guided by the universal sense of right and wrong that inhabits a majority of the rest of us.
So what happens, therefore, when you release prematurely a murderer from prison? He goes on to fill the world with even more toxicity and evil. Just weeks ago, we saw him attending, you guessed it, a Pro-Qaddafi rally in downtown Tripoli.
The man is not dead. He is not close to being dead. He is thriving, well enough to support a fellow Evil-doer who has ruled with an iron fist his fellow Libyans.
This, unfortunately, is precisely what you get when you have compassion for those undeserving of it. They manipulate, take advantage of your naivete, and go on to perpetuate greater evil. This was entirely predictable to those who bothered thinking, as opposed to emoting, about the issue.
Those who offer compassion to the undeserving deny it to those who are truly worthy. Loved ones of the nearly 300 innoocent people who were murdered in the Lockerbie crash were the ones deserving of compassion. They deserved to know that the man who changed permanently and adversely the trajectory of their lives would take his last breath alone in a prison cell.
Don’t believe the evil. They lie.