Paul Greenberg

But in that case, surely he'll want to waive any objections to extradition and present himself to the nearest American consulate for the next flight to the States and an American court of law. His right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury would surely be be fully respected. The speedier the better. But somehow I doubt he'll jump at the chance.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of Mr. Megrahi's interview with the Telegraph was his saying he worked for Col. Gadhafi's security agency, all right, but never hurt anybody. Of course. When visiting Europe years ago, all the Germans I met had opposed Hitler and, if they'd fought in the late unpleasantness of 1939-45, it was always on the Eastern front. It's a wonder our boys met any opposition at all in Normandy.

As for Mr. Megrahi, let justice be done in his case while there's still time. There's not much left, he claims, but the Angel of Death has been known to dawdle. We shouldn't.

The man ultimately responsible for what happened over Lockerbie that cold December night finally met his end on a road west of Sirte, Libya, the other day. But there's some unfinished business left. By the name of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.


Paul Greenberg

Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Greenberg, one of the most respected and honored commentators in America, is the editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.