As Libya collapses, all the world is wondering what will happen to Col. Moammar Gadhafi, who, despite being in power for 42 years, never had time to promote himself to general.
Time is running out. Rebels quickly seized Gadhafi’s stronghold of Tripoli Sunday and are spelunking every man-made cave in search of the hamburger- and plastic surgery-loving despot.
But what I want to know is where is the the Lockerbie bomber, aka Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi?
Those who’ve been reading newspapers awhile will remember Scotland released the former Libyan intelligence officer in 2009, allegedly on humanitarian grounds because he was allegedly dying of cancer.
Even older readers will remember al-Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of 270 counts of murder for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. One-hundred-eighty-nine Americans were on board when the plane exploded Dec. 21, 1988.
Some evidence suggests he was released two decades early from his 27-year sentence because British officials hoped to receive favorable deals in Libya for British oil companies.
What we do know for sure is that al-Megrahi was taken to Libya and afforded a life of luxury by Gadhafi.
I am happy to report folks are already making plans for the 59-year-old.
As rebels take control, Niles Gardner writes in The Telegraph that al-Megrahi must be “a very nervous man today.”
Gardner writes the U.K. should make it a priority “to get al-Megrahi on a plane to London, where he should serve the rest of his life sentence.”
A little closer to home, Commentary Magazine writer Michael Rubin suggests President Obama should seize al-Megrahi and “finally win justice for the American victims of Lockerbie.”
Sounds good to me.