"Why did MacAskill and the Scottish National Party desire so strongly to show compassion for al-Megrahi, but not for the American victims? Why have the concerns of the American families been so routinely dismissed and discarded?"Because a decision that ignored the protocols of Scots' Law in deference to the wishes of the Americans would have failed the standards of any process that could reasonably be desrcibed as legal? The boys and girls of boycottscotland.com have an alternative theory:
"Is it because we are Americans? Is it because America has so frequently been attacked and vilified in the United Kingdom and Europe and the Middle East? Is that what this all comes down to, the fact that we have not been shown compassion precisely because we are Americans? Compassion for terrorists, but not for the victims."Yes, on reflection, you're quite right. Vilification of the US in various parts of the world obviously formed the basis of MacAskill's decison. Because it is self-evident that the only possible reason that anyone could have for doing something the Americans don't like is a pathological hatred of Americans. What other reason could there possibly be?
America: the world's victim.