Maybe this time it's for real, that is if this CNN report on Lockerbie bomber al-Megrahi can be believed.
Supposedly CNN reporter Nic Robertson simply found the villa where the bomber was living, drove there, and knocked on the door. Despite a battery of security cameras, after fifteen minutes someone came and let him in. Moments later he was standing in the same room with the released terrorist convicted of killing 190 Americans (and our flagship airline to boot) who was reported to be within months of death back in 2008.
But there he was, on a gurney and unconscious strapped to feeding and oxygen tubes. No nurse, no doctor, only his mother and caring family members holding vigil. Obviously no need to put him on a plane for Scotland or America or anywhere else because clearly he might die at any minute. Like in 2008.
Even more bizarre, a transition leader said 'no deal' to handing him over to America or Scotland or anyone. Fine gratitude towards two NATO members who helped give the rebels the ability to make such a decision, not to mention Megrahi's closeness to the evil dictator they just defeated. Is this the kind of start they want to get off to, or is the hatred of the west stronger than the hatred of Gaddafi?
Then again, things might not be what they seem. The report above states that neighbors saw the Megrahi clan speed away in a Mercedes on the day Tripoli fell and that the front door was padlocked. Did they come back? Did they leave at all? Is something rotten here or, as the Brit foreign secretary alluded, have we not heard the last word?
Let's hope not because back in July we heard there was a 'secret deal' between Obama and Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Gaddafi's former justice minister and now rebel leader, for the US to get the terrorist after the regime was changed, supposedly as a condition for our continuing support of the non-war. Then last week Obama said he wanted Megrahi returned to Scotland. Hopefully all this will be cleared up soon.