As a flight attendant for a major U.S. carrier, I am truly saddened and angered by the "compassionate" release of the terrorist responsible for the bombing of Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland ("Lockerbie Bomber's Release Decried," Aug. 21). The people aboard the Pan Am flight were shown no compassion when their aircraft was blown apart over Scotland. His "hero's" welcome in Tripoli is what I expected would happen and is, in my opinion, degrading to those who lost their lives.
Terminally ill or not, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi should have stayed in prison. Releasing him has done nothing but made him a role model for every terrorist. Will the feeling for 9/11 be so lackadaisical 21 years from now? I hope not. My heart goes out to every surviving person who lost a loved one due to the actions of al-Megrahi. I cannot imagine the pain they are reliving due to this. It is a small condolence, but I hope that it helps those surviving find a little peace knowing that others are outraged by this injustice.
Al-Megrahi will now have the benefit of spending his last hours in the company of his loved ones even though the people he murdered, the passengers and crew aboard 103, were robbed of spending their last moments with loved ones. It may be cruel that I think this man's deathbed should be in a prison; however, I think it's even crueler that his victims' deathbeds consisted of twisted piles of metal strewn across a picturesque Scottish countryside.