"In the end," said a friend of mine who is an active observer about these affairs, "it's the only thing that makes sense."
He was referring to a British newspaper report that claims that the only Pan Am bomber to be convicted was released to Libya - not for humanitarian reasons because of his ill health - but so that the government could cut an oil deal with that nation.
The Scottish government is denying the allegation - but it isn't beyond the scope of possibilities that oil was the overriding reason. If so, then the release of Abdel Baset al-Megrah becomes far more than a poor decision. It becomes a reprehensible one.
One of the Pan Am family members told CNN today that if the allegation is true then something must be done about it. She likely was just expressing her frustrations. Since, it's pretty obvious, that nothing can be done. There's already been reporting speculating that the decision to release al-Megrah wasn't finalized until after the White House gave the UK the green light.
My friend concludes, "this just shows that terrorism does pay." Sadly, I fear that he's right.