I found out about Pan Am 103 from the evening news, and I remember thinking that it was nearly Christmas. Surely some of the people on that plane were coming home to see their families. What I didn't know was that one of my relatives had the task of mapping where all the debris fell.
Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, was suffering from fatal prostate cancer, the world was told, and had no more than three months to live. That was in August. Now, six months later, Megrahi is still alive.
Megrahi's release and hero's welcome in Libya, along with the leak of two letters from Britain's justice minister, have prompted calls for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to stop evading the issue.
Democrats not only own the White House, but also have an overwhelming majority in the House and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Yet oddly they're still acting as if they're on the outside looking in.
Not that I'm bothered by Peretz's or anyone else's racism, which is directed only towards mere people. But why his perpetual assault on grammar? Grammar isn't an Arab, Marty. You're thinking of algebra.
Lockerbie remains a compelling and inscrutable tragedy. The victims deserve an unbiased investigation, but at this late date the probability that the perpetrators of Lockerbie will ever be known is diminishing.