Yesterday’s release of terrorist Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, underscores the type of cultural decline indicative of nations which abolish capital punishment. It’s bad enough that this murderer wasn’t given the death penalty after his conviction for bombing Pam Am Flight 103, sending 270 people to their deaths. Now we have a Scottish government which is content to release murderers for “compassionate” reasons. In Megrahi’s case, it was because he had prostate cancer.
Think about this situation: The UK is undergoing an invasion by third-world Islamists who protest in the streets with signs reading “Islam Will Dominate the World,” meanwhile the magistrates in Scotland lack the moral backbone necessary to keep a convicted murderer in prison. Never mind the fact that Megrahi ought to have been executed. Yesterday’s action shows that Scotland (and the UK as a whole) is a joke when it comes to meting out justice and defending the commonwealth against men like Megrahi.
This is exactly the kind of weakness we see among the various nations which have abolished the death penalty. When capital punishment ceases, the legitimacy of the state itself begins to erode. Pat Buchanan has long bemoaned the “de-Christianization” of the West and here we see another example of how this is bearing fruit. To be sure, the end of the death penalty is not a cause of the West’s decline. Rather, this is just one symptom of a hollowed out civilization on the brink of collapse.