Whether or not anyone agrees or disagrees with the decision to release Al Megrahi, the smack talk from the good ole US of A is getting on my nerves. This whole 'Boycott Scotland' thing is an utter joke.
I really cannot deal with the constant whining they're giving out with regard to this scenario. I'm not even going to get into America's warmongering nature, but take it back to WWII, and make particular reference to Rudolf Hess, Hitler's right hand man, convicted war criminal, no doubt responsible in part to the massacre of millions of Jews, not to mention the countless others lost during WWII.
In the early 1970s, the U.S., British and French governments had approached the Soviet government to propose that Hess be released on humanitarian grounds due to his age. The Soviet official response was apparently to reject these attempts and reportedly "refused to consider any reduction in Hess's life sentence." U.S. President Richard Nixon was in favour of releasing Hess and stated that the U.S., Britain and France should continue to entreat the Soviet Union for his release.
In 1977, Britain's chief prosecutor at Nuremberg, Sir Hartley Shawcross, characterised Hess's continued imprisonment as a "scandal." In 1987, the new Soviet leadership agreed that Hess should be set free on humanitarian grounds. Hess was aware of that decision.