Compassion for the Lockerbie Murderer
-Nick Anderson from the Houston Chronicle
From Arutz Sheva:
Al-Megrahi was set free on "compassionate" grounds in response to a prisoner transfer application submitted by the government of Libya due to the terrorist's terminal prostate cancer.
Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill explained the government's decision in a statement released Thursday.
The passage from THIS WEEK'S portion was eye-popping:
יא וְכִי-יִהְיֶה אִישׁ, שֹׂנֵא לְרֵעֵהוּ, וְאָרַב לוֹ וְקָם עָלָיו, וְהִכָּהוּ נֶפֶשׁ וָמֵת; וְנָס, אֶל-אַחַת הֶעָרִים הָאֵל.11 But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die; and he flee into one of these cities;
יב וְשָׁלְחוּ זִקְנֵי עִירוֹ, וְלָקְחוּ אֹתוֹ מִשָּׁם; וְנָתְנוּ אֹתוֹ, בְּיַד גֹּאֵל הַדָּם--וָמֵת.12 then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die.
יג לֹא-תָחוֹס עֵינְךָ, עָלָיו; וּבִעַרְתָּ דַם-הַנָּקִי מִיִּשְׂרָאֵל, וְטוֹב לָךְ.13 Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the blood of the innocent from Israel, that it may go well with thee.
Yo, Mr. MacAskill...what part of "Thine eye shall not pity him" do you not understand?
כל המרחם על אכזרים סופו להתאכזר על הרחמנים
Another case of murderers being treated well (and this one specifically a murderer of Jews) is in the always-friendly Republic of Iran, where:
Argentina expressed outrage over Iran’s nomination of a man wanted in connection to a 1994 Buenos Aires bombing of a Jewish center that killed 85 people as the next defense minister.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tapping Ahmad Vahidi for the post is “an affront to Argentine justice and the victims of the terrorist attack” on the Jewish community center, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Yet another example of היו צריה לראש.