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An Outrage Doubling As A "Teachable Moment"...

From the Jimmy Carter Redux department, we have this: Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, the fecal specimen convicted of murdering 270 people over Lockerbie, Scotland by bombing Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, was let go by the semi-autonomous Scottish government on “compassionate” grounds and allowed to go home to a hero’s welcome in Libya.

Megrahi is diagnosed with “terminal” prostate cancer. He supposedly has only three months to live.

This outrage really got our president’s blood up. He called it “a mistake.”

A mistake?

When the hijackers of the Achille Lauro were to be transported from Egypt to freedom and triumph in Tunisia, President Reagan had the stones to send F-15’s to force their plane down in Italy and subject them to justice. Reagan created a major diplomatic flap in the incident, a flap which would eventually bring down the Craxi government in Italy, embarrass the regimes in Egypt and Tunisia, and ultimately secure convictions and prison time for most of the hijackers. The ultimate effect was that Tunisia expelled the PLO from its territory (the PLO subsequently found a home in Baghdad).

Reagan created a firestorm. And you know what? It was a good thing. He showed that when you piss off the United States of America, there are consequences which make lots and lots of people uncomfortable.

Our president just says it’s a mistake.

There is a great deal going on behind the scenes with respect to this “mistake,” and none of it is good. There are reports that former British PM Tony Blair had cut a deal with Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi whereby in return for Megrahi’s release, British Petroleum would get a sizable oil deal, for example.

One wonders if the total lack of influence the American state department seems to have over this situation isn’t a product of the shoddy treatment the Obama administration has rendered to the British government and people since its inauguration. Whether that is in play here or not, it’s very clear no one fears Obama the way Reagan was feared. It’s also very clear that Obama – who dithered for three days with a bunch of Somali pissants on a raft before allowing the Navy to do its job and make shark food of them as they deserved within hours – won’t engage in the kind of decisive action Americans like and demand in their president.

He’ll say it’s a mistake, though.

This incident is as instructive as it is outrageous, however – for a completely different reason.

In America, a 2005 study found that the five-year survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate cancer is 57 percent. In Great Britain, where the National Health Service practices public-sector quackery along the lines of our president’s ambitions, it’s 19 percent.

In other words, if Megrahi – who has spent the last eight years in the custody of the proto-government in Scotland and has been in the care of the NHS – is really terminal, you could make a legitimate argument that socialized medicine has killed him. Under that line of thinking, perhaps it’s not so bad that he was released. The government sawbones in Britain did the work on him that the ax men at the Tower of London used to do. If he gets to die among his barbarian relatives, it stings, but the Brits killed him all the same.

That’s hardly comforting news to Americans, though – particularly given the administration’s dogged determination to ram Obamacare down the throats of an incensed and soon-to-be-highly-vindictive public.