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Would you consider giving up Scotch?

August 24th, 2009
09:20 AM ET

Americans outraged at the release of the Lockerbie bomber are being urged to boycott Scottish products, including Scotch Whisky - an industry worth over £3 billion a year.

Would you give up Scotch whisky in protest at the release of the Lockerbie bomber?
The call comes from a newly set-up American Web site which calls the release of al Megrahi by the Scottish government an "outrageous miscarriage of justice and a betrayal of the victims' families."

It will put more pressure on the ruling party in Scotland, the SNP, which decided to free al Megrahi, and which today is being forced to justify the decision to a specially convened meeting of the Scottish Parliament.

Connect the World tonight at 2000 GMT will follow the Scottish debate and examine the possible effects of a boycott of Scottish goods and services. What's your view? Is the boycott call a gross over-reaction, or a justified response to a major blunder by Scotland's political leaders?

Will you consider giving up Scotch? Send us your thoughts, and we'll use them as part of our coverage tonight.

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  1. Greg Smith

    Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is and was an innocent man. He was wrongly convicted and should have been released years ago. Read the comments of Prof Robert Black QC FRSE, who has campaigned for the truth since the beginning. Now that al-Megrahi is free, hopefully, he will make all of the evidence of his innocence public so that the world may know the truth; so that the people will come to understand that their Government is and has been actively involved in a cover-up to prevent the real "bomber" from being brought to Justice.

    August 24, 2009 at 9:53 am | Reply
  2. Sean

    Seems to be every time a government does something someone doesn't like the call goes out to boycott products from that country.

    Maybe after the childish "freedom fries" episode we can all buy alternative whiskeys and re-name them in another ridiculous manner.

    I DO NOT agree with the Scottish judge but a boycott of Whiskey is simply unfair for producers and locals. Remember a lot of Scots would also disagree with the decision to release this person.

    August 24, 2009 at 9:58 am | Reply
  3. w.gonzalez

    It would be real tuff to give up scotch but.... but..... I guess I could .
    What other product does scotland export ? Lets seeee......
    "canned Hagis" hmmm.... a lot of mashed up cow and sheep
    guts tied in a sheeps stomach and lets seee... what else
    Uhh... plaid skirts for men ... hmmm... I don't see where a boycott
    would do much good except for the ban on drinking scotch !!!!!

    August 24, 2009 at 9:59 am | Reply
  4. Daniel

    Ireland has some great Whiskey – Bushmills is particularly good.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:01 am | Reply
  5. Craig Morris

    Sometimes you Americans are so foolish. I'd suggest before you start criticising other countries that you take a good look at your own incompetence. Take Guantanamo Bay, torture, the Iraq war disaster etc etc etc.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:01 am | Reply
  6. Andrea

    The Lockerbie bomber was no more than a soldier on duty. He was following orders. While that does not clear him from hell, his crime was as awful as those of many American soldiers who kill innocent civilians in enemy countries. They, too, will burn in hell. Following orders is no excuse to kill anyone, but on the other hand it's sometimes the high price to pay for our freedom and we must thank those who risk their lives, their souls and their eternity for that purpose. That's why the Lybians consider their "soldier" a hero, just like Americans consider their soldiers heros, even after many women and children have died following their military actions in enemy soil.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:02 am | Reply
  7. Gregg Krahulec

    Yes people are upset and in my mind they have a right to be. There was no compassion for the victims of Lockerbie, nor should there be for al Megrahi. Everyone knew what the reaction would be in the Libiya upon his release, you could say; "you should have seen it coming", why be outraged now ?

    But to boycott Scottish products in protest ? Come on. What next, boycott golf because it has its roots in Scotland ? The boycott will do little and last even less time and be gone from everyone's memories in a couple of weeks.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:06 am | Reply
  8. bob jones

    so... looks like sales of haggis and deep-fried mars chocolate bars will be hit

    August 24, 2009 at 10:06 am | Reply
  9. Sir Michael Ian Bruce Bt.

    Sirs,
    This would be a sacrifice that that punishes we the innocent and not the perpetrators.
    A disclosure of the reasoning that brought about this decision, rather than a knee-jerk reaction, might be the first step to clarify such a confusing
    and unwanted release.
    Ian Bruce
    Italy

    August 24, 2009 at 10:07 am | Reply
  10. Sam

    Victims’ relatives got the money (even though the real bomber still at large). That means this case is closed and they don’t have the right to even remember it coz they replace them with millions of dollars, right?.
    I am wondering about millions who got killed by the USA. what do you want them to do?
    You see, once you got hurt, the whole world has to pay, but when others get hurt by you, you don’t give a dam!

    August 24, 2009 at 10:07 am | Reply
  11. Ashmead

    Would it be justified if all the countries whose citizens the US have held in secret prisons around the world and in Guantanamo boycott all American goods? What about the Cuban who blew up a plane full of passengers and the US is sheilding by refusing to send him to Cuba for trial?

    The Scotts have their legal system and the US has theirs. What is the big deal

    August 24, 2009 at 10:07 am | Reply
  12. Gaby Kelly

    Americans should realise that it is not their place to interfere in the law of Scotland. However, the "Lockerbie Bomber" was a very small link in a global chain of double dealings between America, Britain, Libya and quite a few others. The people of Scotland are only another pawn in the great power game played by our governments. Your leaders have to say the right words to keep the people on side so they can peddle their lies – the man on the street should wake up and see what is really going on, or maybe the truth is too hard to take. I am Scottish. Whether I believe this man plotted the whole thing or not is irrelevant. In my view, Mr McAskill was right not to allow America to colour his judgement in a matter of Scottish law.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:11 am | Reply
  13. Bob Leitch

    I was born in Scotland and still live there to this day and every Scottish person I have spoken with on this matter has been discusted by the release of Megrahi.
    Its a sad day for Scotland in my eyes and I am sure the majority of the Scottish people feel the same way.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:12 am | Reply
  14. klize

    No No, why? then american products should be boycoted world wide, George Bush attack iraq in 2003 ignoring world wide protest against the attack. as i am speaking innocent people are dying as a result of his blonders. lets call a spate a spate, that Man is about to die let him die at home, he has already been punish to the time of his death what next.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:13 am | Reply
  15. Ashley

    CNN's "reporting" of this story has born little resemblance to journalism from the start. That the CNN producers have decided there is only one side to this story has been clear from the beginning; the universal, personally expressed outrage of the anchors, the simplification of the facts, the immediate and repeated recourse to popular polls such as this current one. All of this is but a ratings grab, based on the American taste for retribution, rather than the true carriage of justice (the majority of UK viticm's families do not believe the right man was convicted; US families don't seem too concerned whether he is). CNN has not reported on the ongoing appeal process, nor the weight of expert legal opinion that believes the appeal could be successful. The Scotish Justice minister was swayed by not wanting to preside over the death in custody of a man perhaps likely to be subsequently acquitted. I'm not saying I would take the same view, but CNN has not bothered to focus on these facts. This poll and the non-journalism promoting it look more like a populist ratings grab than information in the public interest.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:15 am | Reply
  16. Aron

    This boycott is a rather petty and pathetic idea which reminds me of Mr. O'Reilly's France Boycott. Why should we attempt to ruin Scottish businesses who aren't responsible for what their government is doing. I wish the rest of the world would do this to the US everytime they do something stupid and then we wouldn't see the need to do things like this.
    Further why is the US government and these individuals telling a democratically elected government what to do, I thought the US didn't like when this happens to them. Remember that little rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:15 am | Reply
  17. Alastair

    The Scotish nationalist party (SNP) are doing this for gain in other areas good both for Libya and Scotland. To let the man go free in his own country however was not a smart move regardless of his condition. But for the USA to boycott scotland just shows your lack of respect for the scottish people as a whole. Your boycott will not change what has already been done. The SNP will answer for this.

    maybe the USA could do something positive for Scotland instead? or would that be asking too much?

    August 24, 2009 at 10:19 am | Reply
  18. Nasser

    This is in line with the dumb notion that sanctions really work. So what if a couple of people stop drinking Scotch?The industry will not even notice and this absurd call is free publicity as well in accordance to the marketing expert who calims that ALL publicity is good !!
    Also, the Scottish Government has absolutely no reason to justify taking any decision to anyone, American or otherwise !! There can be absolutely no reason at all to justify such a gross over-reaction to a trivial issue.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:19 am | Reply
  19. John

    It is an absolute joke what the Scotish did. there are no words for it and they should be ashemed of themselves. The guy served less than 15 days per person killed and these people let him go. He should have died in prison, that is what he deserved. Also, its laughable that Gordon Brown asked Libya to not celebrate, since when do dictators follow requests from England. Maybe they should start releasing all the terrorist that they have in english prisons now..

    August 24, 2009 at 10:23 am | Reply
  20. Chris McShane

    If the rest of the world decides to boycott American goods and services every time the U.S makes a blunder or steps on toes (both of which happens on many occassions) American industrie would have no export market !!!

    August 24, 2009 at 10:27 am | Reply
  21. Bob P.

    I would expect Scotland to follow their own laws and guidelines on how to hold, treat, and release prisoners. The crash happened in Scotland. The trial was held under Scottish law. Apparently the compassionate release of terminally ill prisoners is part the Scottish Justice system. This should not be up for international debate.

    The US' hunger for revenge in the name of justice has not served her well in the past few decades. Prisons are overflowing, repeat offenses are more common than not, and the US is listed in among the few remaining countries that continues to execute its lawbreakers.

    The notion that revenge is somehow equal to justice is not purely American. It's a value also held by countries which Americans themselves consider to be barbaric.

    Would I give up Scotch as a protest against a civilized country who has different laws and values than that of my own? Absolutely not. Every country is not interested in aligning it's laws and culture to that of the US. And I, for one, would like to see it stay that way.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:27 am | Reply
  22. John Lyon

    I enjoy a good single malt, when I can find and afford it (working in Korea for 8 years and more) Oh, I'm Canadian, part of my family immigated from Scotland in 1830.
    Who profits from and owns the distilleries? I don't know. Are the owners all Scottish? I doubt it. It doesn't matter.

    I will be returning to Canada as a senior citizen and will enjoy a good single malt with my 2 of my 3 sons (who also enjoy "the nectar of the Gods")
    But all that is beside the point.
    Mr. Macaskill seems to have misunderstood that compassion and justice are not tthe same. There also has to be compassion and closure for the victims' families. Not a re-opening.
    Compassion might have been – accomodating the family of the accused and convicted ,in spending time, in Scotland, with the convicted felon. But release?
    If there was a motive concerning oil, then God help us, for the fruits of this world should be used in support of our ideals; not that our ideals are forfeited for the fruits (money).
    Macaskill, will suffer for this and his children and grandchildren. I pray he made this decision in the primacy of his conscience and not for any other reason. But that is personal and he represents the will of the people.
    It is done. Although, I am not Buddhist, I do agree with the idea that suffering is in part, due to not letting go of thoughts that cause us to suffer.
    Peace be with all concerned.
    John Lyon

    August 24, 2009 at 10:27 am | Reply
  23. Marion Hubbard

    Giving up Scotch whiskey as a statement on the Megrahi case is completely irrelevant and immature.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:29 am | Reply
  24. gallard

    Scotland has the right to make its own decisions, just as does every other country. No country, including the US, has the right to tell us what we can and cannot do. Scotland was moved by compassion; America is moved by vengence.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:30 am | Reply
  25. Robin

    Personally I think this is a major over reaction. I understand that people disagree with letting this man free and the welcome he recieved was pathetic, but surely that isn't Scotland's fault? Is this not a clear sign that Libya just has no respect whatsoever for the fact that the Scottish government showed compassion.
    The day we stop showing mercy and compassion is the day they win. I'm sure Libya is thrilled with the amount of attention this is getting.
    I can't imagine the suffering of the families, but aren't we better then this?

    August 24, 2009 at 10:34 am | Reply
  26. Matt

    I think the realease of al-Megrahi is indeed an absolute joke, he was the only person convicted of these henious crimes and I don't think there is one person out there (In western countries) Who can honestly approve of him being released early on compassioniate grounds. It is a joke to great britain.
    Would the likes of charles manson, or indeed any mass murderer ever be deemed worthy of release on such "compassionate" grounds? Not in the USA.
    I don't see much compassion for the 270 slain innocent civilians, their famillies and friends.
    But to further damage scotland's economy, causing financial damage to those who have no control of laws and government is absolutly absurd.
    23. England.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:34 am | Reply
  27. emman

    scot did bad. it worths boycot.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:34 am | Reply
  28. Sean

    Aye, forget the Scotch and enjoy Irish, it's better whisky and better for you. Slante

    August 24, 2009 at 10:39 am | Reply
  29. Charles Harris

    I would not give up scotch but Haggis is a maybe but to be serious the minister of justice should be fired he is a disgrace to any law enforcement official

    August 24, 2009 at 10:40 am | Reply
  30. Ye Cao

    When this man was sentenced in 2003, I told friends that he would be released after a few years. Now, it turns out to be the case. Zoroastrian wisdom set first the principle of presumption: it's better to have a potentially guilty person on the run than to condemn an innocent".
    Despite the "res judicata" truth about this man' s guilt, a lot of uncertainty subsists about the circumstances under which he would have bombed the airliner. His release is certainly controversial but was easily predictable.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:41 am | Reply
  31. You Reap What You So

    George Mitchell of the USA was largely regarded as the architect of the "peace" settlement in Northern Ireland.

    This peace settlement allowed HUNDREDS of convicted terrorists to be released from prison before they had served their sentences. These people are now living in the communities they terrorised.

    So the Scots don't have a monopoly in releasing terrorists before their time. THe UK government with the support of the USA have done so in Ireland.

    I actually disagree with Megrahi's release, but if you set free one group of terrorists, why should there be an outcry when you do it with another?

    August 24, 2009 at 10:42 am | Reply
  32. Hans Christian

    Scottish people had nothing to do with the release. They did not hold a general election on the matter. A few people have made that decision. What upsets me is not that he was set free to die in his own country. What is upsetting is the way he was greeted upon his return. I find it quite right that the relatives of the victims demand that the people responsible for his release make amend and account for not thinking of how it would be seen in the rest of the world.
    But to ask for people to stop buying Scottish made products, is to blow things out of proportions.

    -HC from Denmark.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:43 am | Reply
  33. Peter

    Simply out of words, I would give up any procut from Scotland. The authorities should face accountability, but only creative way we find is affecting the average citizen. It is unfortunate that workers and companies have to pay for the stupidity and immorality of politicians.
    Maybe the popular vote will ensure these idiots never hold positions of authority for the rest of their lives

    August 24, 2009 at 10:43 am | Reply
  34. Clinton

    I am sure that the general population of Scotland did not want Megrahi to be freed – the UK government is at fault here, the scottish population should not be made to suffer any more than they normally have to by the idiocy of the decisions made by their political elite and for their continued mismanagement of a great country.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:44 am | Reply
  35. Jean Pierre Prevot

    I would certainly give up scotch.
    Irish whiskey is much better!

    August 24, 2009 at 10:44 am | Reply
  36. flobby

    i think americans are too arrogant,and they r blowin the so called bomber release out of proportion,if the release conforms with the judicial sytstem of scotland,i think their decision should be respected cos scotland is a sovereign state that knows what suits them,if any country or nation think otherwise,it can be taken to international court of justice for redress instead of maligning the scottish government humane decision.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:44 am | Reply
  37. Andy

    if boycott is the answer to miscarriage of justice or crimes then American would not have anything left to sell!

    August 24, 2009 at 10:55 am | Reply
  38. caroline crossan

    Hello

    My name is Caroline and Im a scottish citizen. Please dont boycott Scotland and the scottish people for one mans decision. We understand your outrage as we too lost many scots in the bombing.
    We cherish our close relationship with the american people and hope that we may work together to solve this. There will always be a warm welcome for you in Scotland.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:59 am | Reply
  39. Ian

    gooday AMERICA re lockerbie. I can fully understand the anger of the amercan people over the release of the lockerbie bomber ,I and the people ive spoke to here are feeling let down by our government over this as I know you are too, but please dont blame the ordanary man in the street or punish them with boycotts,this was a political descision by politicians! the scottish man feels as let down as you do as is this English man, by our politicians, dont let them spoil the great realtionship we have.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:04 am | Reply
  40. Dave

    Well, I have been boycotting kilts and haggis for 25 years already ...
    as for a sporran ... well without me ... and ahem ... how many of you are still boycotting French wines (remember that) ?

    Absolute poppycock.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:07 am | Reply
  41. Ned Kelly

    Surely this will work as well as the FreedomFries boycott of French products, which got me into a French wine shop for the first time in my life. Y'know, I think I'll go out and buy me a bottle of Lagavulin 16.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:12 am | Reply
  42. Charlie

    Literally hundreds of convicted terrroists were released in Northern Ireland during the 1990's as part of the US negotiated agreement.They were in the prime of life, unrepentent and were celebrated as they returned to their coommunities.

    Releasing one teminally ill man seems absolutely trivial in comparison. Could it e that American lives are supposed to be counted as more valuable. ???

    August 24, 2009 at 11:12 am | Reply
  43. William Anderson

    Double standards by some US politicians!!

    I hear the criticism of the Scottish decision, to release Megrahi on compassionate grounds, with contempt! Just recently the same release was given to 'The Great Train Robber' so it is not a unique decision. Let us remember that Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton pushed the Northern Ireland Agreement to allow all the terrorists, who had committed murder for their political ends, to be released and to create a government inclusive of terrorists! This was anathema to many law-abiding people in Northern Ireland but they had to live with it.
    I realise 911 was a wake up call for the USA – obviously 'not in my back garden' heightens realisation.
    Less of the double standards please.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:15 am | Reply
  44. Martin FitzGerald

    Libya bombs plane killing Americans and Scots. So punish ...er, let's see, pick the easier target, Scotland. Libya puts people in jail for drinking whisky, so they will approve completely. They must be laughing down there. Pity that it's not funny.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:19 am | Reply
  45. Colonist

    I can't imagine why one would need to give up scotch. Neither the scotch makers nor the scatch takers have anything to do over this row. I do believe that this is a political football game where Brown fumbled the ball. Silly man thinking a dictator would follow his wishes to keep the return hushed. The Brits will do Brown like we did the last fool in the White House. But don't expect me to give up scotch to prove a point. I may consider giving up haggis though, but for altogether different reasons.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:23 am | Reply
  46. Don Elliott

    The Lockerbie bombing and subsequent conviction of one person was part of the on going tit for tat between politics of the US and Libya at that time. Lockerbie was clearly state run terrorism, not just one person. What amazes me is we do not spend the same emotion for what happened to the USS Liberty and its crew. That is has several unanswered questions and US politics buried the real truth to that tragedy.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:27 am | Reply
  47. A British Taxpayer

    One thing that seams to be forgotten is our western states obligation of care. If this murderer was still in our jail, we would have (unfortunately) a legal and moral responsibly to look after him, care for him, treat his symptoms and reduce his suffering. And do that by using the British tax payer’s money. I would much sooner he was sent back to Libya, where they really don’t care…and let him suffer for the last few weeks of his life.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:28 am | Reply
  48. OliviaDeCat

    The boycott is silly. The man is dying. .........next

    August 24, 2009 at 11:31 am | Reply
  49. Imran Khan

    No, I will not give up scotch. I disagree with the release of Megrahi but persons who collected "blood money" have no right to object now.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:33 am | Reply
  50. Peter

    Obviously the whiskey producers did not release him. Let's not punish them, although if it causes the price of whiskey to go down...

    August 24, 2009 at 11:48 am | Reply
  51. A. Williams

    To punish whiskty makers because one does not agree with the policy of the scottish government is plain silly and wrong.

    You would harm people who had nothing to do with this matter, and worse create unemployment among people in Scotland.

    Get it together, stop being populistic and realize your trouble is with the scottish government.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:50 am | Reply
  52. JK

    Perhaps US citizens considering boycotting Scottish products should think about the Scottish soldiers who have laid down their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the US led coalition before doing so.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:52 am | Reply
  53. Jymmy

    I think everyone is missing the real culprit. Al-Megrahi is a government agent, working for Libya. There is nothing wrong releasing a dying man but the celebration which must have been organized by the state is shameful. I say state-organized as it is impossible to spit on the sidewalk without Gaddafi's approval much less the thousands who gathered to welcome Al-Megrahi home.

    It was the hero's welcome that is so painful to watch. It also means that the Libyan people are all supporting the bombing. Surely if there is to be a boycott, it should be against Libya for blatantly showing their support for a terrorist.

    Maybe I am naive. It is easier to boycott scotch than to boycott Libya and all it's petro-products. Americans cant live without oil. Scotch maybe but not oil. Hence the bulllying of Scotland.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:54 am | Reply
  54. Sir Speedy

    Would you give up petrol?

    August 24, 2009 at 11:55 am | Reply
  55. Jamison Man

    I don't agree with letting the guy go but if i drank scotch I wouldn't give it up. Why should I punish myself for what someone else did?

    August 24, 2009 at 11:56 am | Reply
  56. Bonnie Boy

    From a Scottish perspective, let us be clear about a few points with regards to the release of the Pam Am bomber. Firstly, the decision to release the Al Megrahi from prison was made by a handful of administrators who do not represent the views of the majority of Scottish people. The Scottish Administration are a dubiously elected body of mixed political parties, and the Scottish Nationalists, who dominate, are well known for spending party funds on Islamic organisations to promote Islam in Scotland, despite the fact that there are fewer than 50, 000 Muslims on Scotland out of a 5 million population. So I, for one, was not at all surprised by this decision. Secondly, it was Tony Blair some two years previously, and subsequent English Politian’s who laid the foundations of a future trade agreements with Libya and who are inextricably linked to the Al Megrahi release. This is an example of how naive the Scottish Administration are and how stubborn they can be in the face of political common sense in an effort to seize & maintain political power. The SNP administration should not be allowed to run Scotland’s affairs under any circumstances.

    Like most rationale people in the world, the Scots saw the release of the Pam Am bomber, Al Megrahi as a muscle flexing exercise from the puny kid in the playground and were both saddened and dismayed by this decision. It has brought shame on our country, our shared values and our long terms objectives as a nation state who are to be trusted and valued within the international community. On behalf of the majority of the Scottish people and to the families of those loved ones who were murdered on Pan Am flight 103, I unreservedly apologist for the ignorant, selfish and feeble minded behavior of the Scottish Administration, but a boycott on anything Scottish will not serve any purpose and nothing will now reverse that decision.

    The best the Scot’s can wish for is transparency into the affair with all British Governments/Administrations & the instigators of this travesty removed from office. Unfortunately, you may find this leads you back to the English parliament and one Gordon Brown who succeeded Tony Blair.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:56 am | Reply
  57. nworah

    In my opinion, they erred in judgement to have released al meghrahi for any reason afterall alot of people die in prisons all around the world , sometimes even convicted in error.Here , this is a man tried and convicted of a crime as heavy as bombing a jetliner leading not only to financial loss to the owners of the aircraft but to deaths of not one person but many , caused anguish to wives who lost husbands,children that lost either or both parents, to business that lost one or more of their best and to parents who lost a child and may be their only child. There is no humanity in this Scottish humanitarian gesture but an act of appeasement . But the Libyan regime cannot be appeased. This act is capable emboldening criminals who may attempt such acts in the hope that on the long run they must sure gain their freedom. Is it not heaven if al meghrahi had died in the Scottish jail when compared with his innocent victims whose disembered bodies gave investigators and relatives very very tough time to indentify ? Here they say he has protrate cancer ! Those who are angry about the heroic welcome accorded al meghrahi are yet to see the worst of Tripoli . Tripoli , I foresee in bound to see he recovers by all means even if it entails flying him to one other country they understand which seek their friendship at all costs. The worst would be seen in the event of the death of al meghrahi – a state burial !
    The regime in Libya, please spare the world no more such anguish noting that in 1998 when al meghrahi and his cohorts carried out that bombing, few nationalities were involved but today any similar act must sure touch more than double the number of nations . The world has gotten more connected by the day.The Scotish authorities really has nothing humanly reasonable to justify his release and as such appologies to the relatives of the victims and admission that they acted in error may calm frayed nerves and wounded hearts. Trade boycott can never bring al meghrahi back into jail in Scotland or force Libya to put him in the Libyan jail or even house arrest . The Libyan leader was seen embracing al meghrahi when he arrived Tripoli. Let every one join hands and hearts in the genuine search of world peace.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:59 am | Reply
  58. Andy - England

    Letting out Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was totaly wrong. Most of the UK people feel this way. The powers in charge have let the people down badly on this one. He was found guilty and this alone should be enough to have kept him in prison until he died.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  59. Bill Guillaume

    Assuming the guy is guilty, I still support the decision to let him go. Being compassionate is an important aspect of Western culture and it is important to show those who support or even admire this kind of terrorist vermin that we are different and better people for that.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  60. Kelly, Scotland

    I am Scottish and I do not believe for one moment that the Scottish justice minister made the decision to release the prisoner on his own. The British Government would have had a say in his release and it then goes without saying that the release was ran by the US administration who gave the go ahead. Scottish ministers did not act on their own.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  61. Me

    I thought there used to be thing called the "Special Relationship"? Certainly enough Scottish soliders have laid down their lives fighting alongside the US in a war that came about through Us response to September 11. How quickly we forget.

    Does this mean that Scotland should withdraw ifs troops from Afghanistan?

    August 24, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  62. Cal

    If Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was an innocent man then he should have been retried in the courts – are we expected to believe a bunch of clowns let a mass murderer go on compassionate grounds? Not likely. Dig deeper!

    August 24, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  63. Mick

    Give up scotch, no way. But I am sick of the rectric from a "bully" and planning to give up McDonalds.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  64. Henri

    The best whisky comes from Ireland in any case – the Scots took it from them and did the marketing job. So giving up Scotch is no pain, just replace it with Irish

    August 24, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Reply
  65. Alessandra

    British taxpayers are better off with him being sent to Libya, even though I think he got off pretty easy. Instead of boycotting whisky and hurting the local manufacturers, who most probably don't sympathize with terrorists anyway, I propose sending "actor" Gerard Butler back to Scotland!

    August 24, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  66. John McNeally

    Yanks so full of arrogance...

    Maybe the rest of the world should boycott EVERYTHING they produce due to all wars/problems/economic crisis/etc that YOU, burger eaters, created...

    August 24, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  67. med

    Reaction is normal. A stance is required. Whether you agree or not is the very premise of democracy. To separate government and the people that government represents is valuable no matter what side you support. If money exchanged hands as compensation, receivers, of course, have the right to object, you have the right to disagree.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  68. Talia E. Myres

    I agree with many of the sentiments here that regard the boycott as foolish. Why punish innocent Scottish laborers for a decision they had no part of?

    Also, I love my country (America) very much, but we tend to go around with blinders on and only see the wrongs that other countries perpetrate rather than admitting to our own atrocities.

    We had a President that plunged us into an unmitigated war, people. We're occupying a foreign land.

    Let's get the beam out of own eyes, so to speak, before we start casting stones.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  69. Anna D

    The US reaction (by which I mean that of the President, various senators, the FBI, several CNN presenters and the latest offensive boycott website) has been unbalanced and hysterical:
    1. The facile argument that the bomber showed no compassion so why should we. The response is simple: we do not sink to the moral depths of the bomber. The argument signals a very different approach between the US and Scottish/English justice systems. An 'eye for an eye' is not the philosophy underpinning our sentencing system – hence no death penalty. Also, whilst the views of victims are taken into account, they are but one factor in sentencing decisions.
    2. The decision is perfectly reasonable within the Scottish legal and moral framework. Prisoners who are dying are often granted release (whatever their crime) and many consider that position to be morally correct. Many Americans and US political institutions just do not appreciate that there is a moral spectrum on these questions. Whatever the prevailing political US 'view', it always has to be dubbed morally 'right'. Unfortunately, US convention wisdom is rarely to be identified with what is morally right in the view of many non-Americans.
    3. The US certainly does not have a monopoly on the moral highground: many people in the UK consider the US' criminal justice system cruel and morally repugnant. The dealth penalty, death row, the execution of individuals without capacity and Justice Scalia's recent missive that the US Constitution doesn't prevent the execution of someone who is shown to be innocent post trial by new evidence.
    4. Don't critisise the UK for prioritising corporate interests via its foreign policy (not that it has on this occasion). There is almost no US foreign policy decision that has not sought to promote, aggressively and by violence if required, its internal corporate interests: US maccinations in central and South Amercia, Haiti, Gulf 1 and Gulf 2.
    5. The 'boycott Scotland' website gives as its final shot – 'America is a secular nation'. Come on. We might give that a little more credibilty when US politicians stop invoking God to sanction their actions and America itself.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  70. ELAINE

    Maybe the scottish soldiers dying every day in Iraq and Afganistan would enjoy the whisky the Americans dont want. And why are they at war? Because Great Britain believed it was the right and moral thing to do. Scotlands minister believed releasing a dying man was a right and moral thing to do. Maybe the world would be a better place if more people believed in humanity and compassion

    August 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  71. Stocker Brown

    This call to boycott Scotch whiskey is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard. For crying out loud! The Scottish government has chosen to release a terminally ill prisoner on humanitarian grounds! The Scots are not thumbing their noses at anyone, and even if they were, it is their right. They are not supporting terrorism or anything of the sort. They simply have made a humanitarian decision.

    Cripes, people in the USA are hypersensitive bullies that overreact to everything! I mean, for crying out loud!

    August 24, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  72. William John Castle

    I love Scotch and looked forward to my evening cocktail hour, however, due to this unthinkable, unacceptable, miscarriage of justice, I am switching to Tequila.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  73. Mel

    "Beam me up, Scottie! I know you sent me down here to see your beloved Scotland, but after they let that Klingon murderer go away SCOT-free,. I want every bottle of Whiskey thrown out of the ship by the time I get there!"

    August 24, 2009 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  74. McTavish

    As a Scot I feel we were wrong to let Megrahi go however the reaction of some US politicians has been very suprising and disapointing.

    Scotland is not a major player on the world stage and as result this decision has been influenced by both the UK and US Governments and anyone who thinks Scotland made this decision on its own is deluding themselves.
    For an American politician to stand up and to intimate that the decision was made for Commercial reasons is down right hypocritical.
    Why, remind me did we invade Iraq as it was not for WMD and when we did invade Iraq whose soldires were standing next to the brave Amercians? I will give you a clue , they were marching to the sound of pipe music.

    I dont remember the Scotland boycotting KFC when Gerry Adams visited the Whitehouse.....................Think on

    August 24, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  75. Khandaker Mustaque Ahamed

    Law, Justice, Humanity these are words that we must respect and countrywise the importance of Humanity may come first then the Justice and Law.
    The difference between them must be understood by few of these Americans who wants to boycott scotch whisky or anything. It's totaly ridiculous.
    Wrong information about Iraq by FBI/CIA lead America to this war. I believe it was intentional because Intelligent Branch of the USA is not that stupid. Should those FBI agents hanged up who are responsible for thousands of American,Iraqi lives. Actually it doesn't support Law, Justice neither Humanity.
    We are always with/by all the family members who lost their lives in Lockerbie.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Reply
  76. Jorge Choy

    I agree that was a mistake releasing this terrorist, but what I cannot understand is how United States wants to control the world. I think that US now has the same feeling of all the Latin American (frustration) when they are prosecuting POSADA CARRILES as an illegal immigrant only; and he was involve in various terrorist attacks and plots in the Western hemisphere, including involvement in the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed seventy three people in 1976, a pregnant woman, Italian turist in Cuba and finally was captured fragrantly in Panama with a lot of TNT to be detonated in one university.

    US does not want to deported POSADA CARRILES because is claiming that any country cannot guarantee the Human Rights. So how could EEUU judge the justice in Scotland. Defenetly EEUU has the control of the media when anybody in UK (No even Americans) know anything about the justice with the Terrorist POSADA CARRILES. I challenge the media TV to mention about this case on TV in the same Lockerbie Bomb news.

    Scotland -> Really bad for this decision

    EEUU -> try to show moral and do not criticise if you do not put in jail POSADA CARRILES (Maybe for EEUU there are nice terrorist and bad terrorist).

    Thanks

    August 24, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  77. Donna Carson

    Punishing Scottish people for the questionable decision by its government is obviously wrong. Regardless of the "hero's welcome", perhaps this example of Western compassion will cause some Muslims to question whether the West is as evil as extremists have led them to believe.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  78. Jason

    I would shut up about anything justice related if you are an American citizen. Even if this guy is guilty as sin, YOUR GOVERNMENT IS TORTURING PEOPLE until their is justice there deal with it.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  79. Rajul

    This is a very silly move. Would it be possible for boycotting OIL as many people feel the Arab countries promote terrorism. Scotland did what was permitted as per their Laws. At least they arrested Megrahi and brought him to trial. Many countries shield the criminals and nothing is done about it.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  80. Neil

    This is kinda stupid....

    Not that something shouldn't be done, but to boycott Scottish Whisky? It might make sense if Scotland was an independent country and didn't have to answer to the crown.

    Maybe a boycott of marmite would be a more precise action.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  81. Alasdair Allan

    The question that most Americans and the American Media seem to avoid in this and most other affairs is "are we better than them".

    That is the nub.

    It is said that one man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter. To me the difference is that the person is a freedom fighter when battling equals. If we are not better than the "terrorists" they are *not* terrorists.

    Being better than them means showing Compassion they did not show. Showing Mercy they did not show. Showing Forgiveness they did not show. Showing Humanity they did not show.

    Expecting a dying man to complete the final days of his sentence rather than returning home to die shows none of these. It is the typical "Eye for an Eye" attitude which has condemned the US Justice System to failure (look at its shoddy rehabilitation rates). A source of "punishment" not "justice".

    The public has nothing to fear from a man returning home to die.

    Moreover the United States of America's government *agreed* that Megrahi would be subject to a Scots trial under Scots Law and incarcerated under the Scotitsh Criminal Justice system with all that entails – including Humanitarian Release.

    The Governement of Scotland has nothing to be ashamed of. If any government was at error it was that of the United States in agreeing to a trial and sentence under terms its people did not want.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  82. Tim

    I promise to _increase_ my consumption of Scotch, if Americans start to boycott it.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  83. James Young

    So.. fundraising for the IRA is ok then? Dropping bombs on innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan is ok?

    Think you lot over there in America need to grow up a bit and ditch the holier than thou attitude. Laughable.. it is.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Reply
  84. alan

    Seems odd that the US is quite happy to do business with Gadaffi who was the man who ordered the Lockerbie Bombing, but is unwilling to do business with a country that showed mercy to a dying man

    Some people might say that it's hypocritical

    August 24, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  85. Scotty O'Grady

    I wont give up Scotch, the distilliers did not release the criminal. However it does show that a Scot can still be bought. And the story about him dying, just a cover, bet he lives fifteen more years. He will plan and put together more terrorist acts you can bank on that matey.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  86. Hop

    While I know it would be horrible if my child had died in the crash, but
    the hatred that some of the victim's families has shown is very unbecoming. We need to learn to forgive and show compassion. It's the lack of forgiveness and the love of revenge that has started so
    many wars and continued ancient hatreds. I applaud the Scottish
    government for doing this. It sets a wonderful example to those who
    would do this sort of thing.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  87. XpatHu

    "if boycott is the answer to miscarriage of justice or crimes then Americans would not have anything left to sell!" Bingo.

    Well said. As an American I'm ashamed of these idiotic boycotts that proves nothing. Still eating uh, "Freedom" fries America? Apparently so. I don't drink Scotch but maybe I'll protest this moronic move and start.
    Megrahi is dying. You've collected your compensation. Move on....

    August 24, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  88. Hope

    I should have added that I am an American. I agree with Talia's earlier
    comment.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  89. Patrick

    I think a ban on whiskey is childish and politically driven to prove a point laid down by a small section of government who think they can warp the perception of the people to believe anything they read on the internet. I think that the bomber should have completed his sentence that he was tried for and CONVICTED for. And for the people who are so quickly to blame the U.S for anything and everything that happens around the world, ask yourself this, when crap hits the fan who do people call for help. When regieme's turn nasty and use violence to qwell their people's voice, who do people call on to allievate the situation.....Every government around the world use's the same tactics to win a war, if it gets the job done so be it.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  90. Tom

    I am a US citizen of Scottish descent and am very proud of my Scottish heritage. I am deeply disappointed by the decision of one man, not the country; however to display my disappointment, I will be drinking Irish whisky, not Scotch until the murder dies.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  91. David Pybus

    I don't drink whisky and I probably don't use enough oil since I manage on a bicycle and public transport. But it wouldn't have made a difference. To Scotland, it appears that they use a form of justice that says "love your enemies as yourself" rather than simply "an eye for an eye", so all praise to that. To Libya, I wonder if the parable of the Prodigal Son is appropriate?
    Too much has been made of this event. It's a shame the Legal Appeal against conviction was cancelled as it might have shown us something useful, but Death (if that is what happens to Mr al Megrahi fairly soon) has its own timing, inconvenient as it can be, so we may never know whether the appeal would have succeeded.
    The people who I feel sorriest for are the families of the victims of the bombing. I have no answer for them but prayer.

    August 24, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  92. italo

    Seems you Americans have short memories. In 1968 an army lieutenant was sentenced to life imprisonment for massacring 500 civilians in Vietnam (Mai Lai Massacre). He was later pardoned by President Nixon. You value the lives of your citizens far more than the lives of other nationalities so you need to get off your high horses now and respect the judgment of the Scottish Minister which was done according to law and due process.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  93. Juan

    The shame is not for the Scots: be humanitarian never has been a shame.
    The intolerable thing, the shame, has been the reception of Lybia to an assassin.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  94. alan

    Guess who was in Libya last week praising Gaddafi – the person who could be President, Senator John McCain, ably assisted by Senators Joseph I. Lieberman, Susan M. Collins, and Lindsey O. Graham.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  95. sharon louise

    To the British taxpayer:

    You stumbled into our justification for the death penalty.
    You are late in figuring this out.
    Naturally you are paying for every unworthy murderer to get the best of healthcare and you have been for decades.
    Re. a boycott:
    add shortbread and salmon as well.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  96. scout

    It is not the issue as to "if" he did the deed or not. He was convicted. PERIOD. To free him because he is supposedly dying is a travesty. We all die, everyone does. To sentence someone in any country for any crime under a peer reviewed system then; allow them to get out because they are sick or old or their cat is having kitttens is wrong; PERIOD. The case was investigated, studied, argued to the Nth degree. He was "CONVICTED". End of discussion.
    Now, to let him go home for so called compassionate reasons is completely absurd. I have no issues with the Scottish peoples. They are a country of long standing social strength, fortitude and honor. It is the morons of governments that are Judas here. To all of the peoples of our countries and the world whom they have betrayed for Silver in their pockets. Money, power, position are the pieces of Silver for politicians I say; SHAME ON THEM.
    All the people on that plane and on the ground, along with their families and friends have be betrayed without question. They did not play at politics, they were daily; only trying to live their lives as we all do. I have respect for Scottish people but, none for all the world governments that play games with common peoples lives behind the curtains of power.
    The promise from Libya of NO parades was obviously ignored and the rest of us were made to look weak and stupid. He is the hero and we are the fools. Whether or not Oil is involved is moot. We all just look weak which in turn will promote even more terrible things upon the rest of the world who do not think as they do. Remember, you cannot negotiate with a religious terrorist. YOU, have NOTHING they want except your life.
    The issue here is that this sends a wrong message to terrorist base countries that the countries with non religious based courts can be manipulated. Shame on all the world leaders that allow such things to happen.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  97. clemente

    It is really appalling to release a monster who had no compassion murdering innocent people and what's amaze is to read the comments of most people who try to defend somehow the sovereign decision of a nation like Scotland. Maybe it is because they didn't have some members of their own family affected. So what's the big deal of scottish whisky- the hell with it... I'll never sip a drop of scottish whisky- Wine is healthier and believe taste much better and feel more freedom.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  98. jon locke

    scots can wear skirts. that's fine. scots can enjoy their own sick liberal sense of justice. that's fine. when the sick liberal scots release a terrorist GUILTY of murdering 270 people – then that becomes the business of the united states. because most of the victims were americans. this murderer should have been put to death. instead, scots want to hold his hand and pet his head. while we are impotent to do anything about the scots' justice system, we CAN send a message to their country: BOYCOTT SCOTTISH PRODUCTS. governments no longer serve justice – but economics and politics. this was a political/economic release because lybia has oil. shame on the scots. shame on all of you who refuse to take credit for what your representative government does. americans included. BOYCOTT SCOTTISH PRODUCTS. scotland is a weak, shameful country for doing this. and they deserve our ire.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  99. Raymundo

    I'd say as a TRUE American ...Drink all the Scotch we can and urinate on the Libayan's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  100. joseph sanchez

    How many people have the US army killed in Iraq? now why american have to cry about The Lockerbie case...

    August 24, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  101. Roddy

    One poll in a Scottish newspaper shows 60/40 in support of Megrahi's release. As a previous letter implies- Scotland doesn't have much to boycot these days anyway. But then- nor do the US! It's all made in China!

    The one with the most ot lose when the truth comes out is the head of the FBI- Mr Meuller, his letter smacks of hysterics and he more than anyone knows the real thuth- his main witnesses of the case against Magrahi have a 'life of riley' with the money they were paid for their testemony. Shakespeare had a phrase for it: 'Protest Too Much' ( you tend not to believe a person because they insist too strongly that something is not true ... )

    August 24, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  102. james care

    my lai, 500 dead, 3 years house arest, pardon by president. hmmmm shot raped, burnt, women & children, one man charged, dont throw stones as we can throw rocks, look at your history first. Scotland gave a pardon, you just did not give a dam about my lai.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  103. Denise, BARBADOS

    Anyone remember FRENCH FRY-GATE?

    That nonsensical post-911 debacle, during what indignant Americans perceived to be scandalous since unfeeling French recalcitrance in joining the "If You Are Not For Us, you Are Against Us" allied-troops as coined by Prez Bush?

    I for one, remember quite clearly how I rolled in the proverbial aisle with glee, at the thought of Americans, who so loooove their fast food, trying to "Have their Pride (Fries!) and eat it too!"

    For that particular farce was as stupid, as this Down with Scotch Whiskey call-to-arms is going to be.

    Come on, folks: let us – at some point of our lives, at least TRY to deal with serious, world-affective matters like the ADULTS we are.

    However, and as far as the impetus behind this whole distressing episode is concerned, I am for the unshakeable view that Western countries in general, and Britain – especially, need to stop what is in actuality merely a VAIN AND FUTILE EXERCISE in trying to "Stare Down Diabolical Terrorism with Unflinching Civility."

    Ain't gonna work, folks. Why? Simply because the Terrorists ARE FULLY AWARE OF, AND THEREFORE ACCURATELY HEDGE THEIR OWN BETS AGAINST, TO BE BLUNT: "SEEING YOUR CIVILILTY AND RAISING IT BY MY SAVAGERY." A Game, in short.

    My advice? Try the perennial WISDOM available in the Bible; a book that "saw" much Wars and Savagery, and yet with much practiality, not to mention laconic innui, advised UN-CHANGED, and UN-CHANGING HUMANITY, thus: '....WILL A MAN BE MORE RIGHTEOUS THAN GOD?"

    For surely, by trying to "see" the Islamic Fundamentalists STRATEGIC MILITARY TACTIC of knowing, deliberate and calculatedly arrogant SAVAGERY, and futilely attempt to "raise" it via a wasteful outpouring of Western Sweat, Blood and the soul-wrenching Tears resultant from the latter...is to not jut play into, but unforgivabley FALL INTO the Enemy's waiting hands.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  104. viking

    Give up Scotch for this.... really?

    August 24, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  105. Stephen Marks, Poland

    Once again compassion for a criminal supercedes compassion for his victims. Mercy should certainly be shown in certain cases, but the result of the Scottish minister's decision has been to destroy the movement towards reconciliation with the Libyans due to their sickeningly triumphant reaction and to seriously harm relations and good will towards Scotland by Americans. Both Americans and Scots have suffered from the Lockerbie massacre, and now both will continue to suffer even more egregiously.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  106. zapper45701

    No. What's wrong with the word "no." No, I'm not boycotting anything Scottish. No, I don't think a terrorist (or any other convicted criminal) should be released on "compassionate" grounds. No, I don't think the U.S. should be doing any number of things that we are currently involved in politically. No, I don't believe that murder should be "forgiven." No, I don't think that the US should be involved in Scottish law practices. What I do KNOW, is Karma will intercede. When anyone does an evil thing, it will come back to them. This terrorist has had his life on this earth considerably shortened because of his evil. I KNOW that the Scottish and American people, in general, are outraged over this injustice, but they will get to see justice, eventually. I KNOW that the persons responsible for this release will see justice, as well. Just watch, all will come to pass. It always does. Pointing fingers at one another does not help. KNOW that the world will be put right.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  107. ST

    We are all on the same side, so please stop trying to escalate the anger surrounding this release.

    I may not like him being released, but I do be believe in compassion. Ultimately that is what separates us from those like Hitler. I don't think this has anything to do with a trade deal. Some will say Gordon Brown's silence on the matter hints that it may be, but that has more to do with respect fro another countries laws, and that he himself is Scottish.

    Lockerbie effected many countries not just the USA, as did the attack in 2001. We will gain more though reasoned, none threatening discussions, then stepping onto the ladder that many terrorists themselves have taken.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  108. Dieter Ullrich

    I do like Scott whisky but what the Scottish Goverment has done is a slap in the face to the US and to the victims and their families.
    They should be condemned and the criminal be brought back to jail where he belongs.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  109. Simple

    Facts are facts. I was supposed to be on flight 103 less than a week after that plane was bombed, so I've followed this case more closely than most. What's unassailable is that this release has triggered moral outrage in the American people. Clearly there are unresolved questions about the precise role this individual played in the attack, but he was convicted after a presentation of evidence through legal process.

    The facts I'm referring to relate to America's role in the world today. Despite its economic malaise, the fact is that any (even partial) boycott from America will be far more devastating for Scotland than the economic benefits it now seems unlikely to reap from dealings with Libya. Yes there may be hypocrisy, partial memories, etc. among many Americans, but to not think of the geopolitical dynamics of these actions speaks to the stupidity of the politicians elected by the Scottish people.

    This is different than "freedom fries" because they are not imported. French wines represent a small portion of US consumption because we have a thriving wine business domestically that produces significant quantities of product for domestic consumption. Go ahead Europeans, try to boycott American product – you won't get very far... America has a massive domestic consumption base, is less export-reliant than any of your countries, and has been engaging in morally repugnant behavior, according to many of you, for decades... so what's new now?

    As an American who does not blindly support my government, I still believe in the power of the dollar to express sentiment and influence behavior. I don't care how the Scots justify absolving a judicial decision on grounds of compassion for someone who did not allow hundreds of human beings the privilege of dying a natural death, as he will enjoy. As for drinking Scotch – not anymore, not until he's dead... same goes for visiting Scotland – the thought of the country leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Reply
  110. BillB

    Greg Smith said, "Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is and was an innocent man." Exactly how do you know this, Mr. Smith?

    As for punishing Scotland by boycotting their products and not coming to visit, sounds mighty foolish to me. The decision was made by a misguided government official, not by Scotland at large. Why punish everyone over a stupid decision by a politician?

    August 24, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  111. John

    We should watch out – maybe the Scots will boycott what we export to them...like...erm...prisoners passing through Prestwick on the way to be tortured elsewhere.....

    August 24, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  112. John

    I am not outraged. he is going to die very soon.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  113. Benny

    How interesting that so many persons commenting here view the American reaction as just another opportunity to hector Americans for the shortcomings of their nation. When did Americans lose the right to have emotions? I missed the memo.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  114. DonSmith

    Boycott? Sounds simple enough. What other message can the American people send that is peaceful protest? The right to disagree is a basic fundamental concept of democracy. A lot of people are upset by this decision. Normal diplomatic channels failed. However, a lot of people understand economics. People do understand money. Funny how ecomonics is more effective than diplomacy.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  115. Arash

    I think this would probably give the American people a taste of how the Iranian people feel when their government decides to ignore the suffering of the Iranian people and keeping on the road of "shaking the hands" of the murderous regime, only because of partisan and economical reasons.

    I truly empathize with the victims' families and understand their outrage.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  116. dj

    What do you say to the families of military men in the UK who have died fighting terrorism? How do you encourage military men and women to keep up the good work, when you are releasing the very terrorists they are fighting against?

    August 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  117. kurt venkatraman

    How much more childish can we get – Boycott Scottish products, Freedom Fries (because the french disagreed), is this what we call a matured reaction from a developed country.

    August 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  118. James

    I'm annoyed that Scotland released that guy, so I'll boycot scotch. But I'm even more annoyed that America boycots someone everytime their self-righteousness is offended, so I will boycot American boycots! The boycots cancel each other out. More Scotch, please!

    August 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  119. Karen

    I dont agree with the release regardless of the circumstances .

    However I think that you Americans should remember that we (the British) are your last and only friend in the world so think twice before you start to boycott our products beit Scottish or British!!

    August 24, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  120. KD

    The alternative was to give them a martyr.

    Upset at the welcome home? Imagine if it were a coffin being welcomed. The cries for revenge, the angry crowds, the hysterical family.

    Scotland did the only thing it could.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  121. Jared Neville

    The terrorist from Libya, a terrorist state, showed no mercy to humanity in and above Lockerbie. How can the Scottish impose mercy to a terrorist who is against humanity. Insane!!!

    Jared

    August 24, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  122. Samuel A. Young

    The USA for political reasons supported, and continue to support terrorists, plus inviting Gerry Adams to the White House by the Clintons. All this after attempting to eliminate the British Parliment at their convention in Brighton., plus the thousands of lives lost in Northern Ireland , which included the bombing at the War Memorial Service . This was a 30 year terror campaign.
    Why this support - The Almighty Irish American Vote.

    Is this not the country who signed up and put on their payroll hundreds of thousands of terrorists in Iraq to fight beside them instead of against them when they were getting their butts kicked - now they are planning the same in Afghanistan.

    I disagree with releasing this terrorist - but enough with this whiskey boycott - sort out your own sorry mess - your country is the laughing stock of the world - but you will never admit it.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  123. Ben K

    Why would this have any affect whatsoever? Hang the politician for crying out loud. I'm sure the rest of Scotland doesn't want this man to go free. Why punish THEM?

    August 24, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  124. Voioce of Reason

    So let me get this straight: in order to teach the Scottish Judicial System a lesson, we're going to punish their whiskey business. the fine folks who work at the whiskey plants may have their jobs cut because we don't like that the judge whom they likely DISAGREE WITH made a bad decision.

    Imagine if one of the family members of one of the victims WORKS at that whiskey plant. Tell me, then, what good this boycott will do.

    Idiots.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Reply
  125. Charlie

    Wow. Obama finally has a rival in terms of oratory, courage and common sense. Way to go Kenny Maccaskill. !!!!! unfortunately such decency is unlikely to become the norm in politics.

    The greeting in Lybia was offensive, yes, but in a Macaevellian way it tricked the Libyans into showing their hand. So the Libyans get a black eye and all we did was get rid of a dying terrorist.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  126. Arao Valoi

    I'm very concerned on how USA interfers in other contries's judicial system. This is a decision of scotland authorities and no more countries, although they've families and relatives affected. Remember that there were not only americans in the plane. Why this concern USA? Because they surelly wants to cover their involvement in this bomb attack. All of us know that CIA was involved in traffic of drugs and that in this plane there were some importants documents that were to be used as proof of CIA involvement in Drugs business..........................................

    August 24, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  127. ang

    I will not visit Scotland nor buy Scottish products, an outrage.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  128. Phil - Scotch Drinker

    Yes I will join the Boycott and give up my Glenffidich Scotch and all things Scotish. Please understand that this action isnot against the Scotts, but my personal protest against the decision of the Scottish Governement to support a terrorist.
    How many Scots inmates have not received such 'humanitarian" actions and remain dying in prison?

    August 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  129. TABURKE

    I could give up Scotch. Sounds like a boon for Jack Daniels.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  130. James

    A little perspective:

    Israel let John Demanjuk go free...

    Germany let Erich Bauer the so called gas master at Sobibor go free after serving only part of his life sentence...

    California let OJ Simpson go free...

    Do you think the Scottish justice system is the only one with faults? Shall we boycott products from every state with a legal system that has elements we disagree with?

    Please people demonstrate some intellect.

    James
    Virginia

    August 24, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  131. Reggie Star

    I am american and will be off to Edinburgh in 2 hours. I wish my own country was not so retarded. I hope some day to get an EU citizenship so I can leave for good and have healthcare and better wages.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  132. Bob

    Another dumba$$ idea, and it is just as dumb as when there was a call for boycotting French wines during the early days of the Iraqi invasion. The release of al-Megraphi was absolutely wrong in my opinion, but it was done so by politicians. Why punish the hard working person who distills the whiskey for something the politicians did? Hell, if that happened to us, particularly during the Bush year, we would all be unemployed. Well, come to think of it, we nearly are but not due to boycotting. Whoever suggested this idea needs to get a life.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  133. Bob

    Another dumba$$ idea, and it is just as dumb as when there was a call for boycotting French wines during the early days of the Iraqi invasion. The release of al-Megraphi was absolutely wrong in my opinion, but it was done so by politicians. Why punish the hard working person who distills the whiskey for something the politicians did? Hell, if that happened to us, particularly during the Bush year, we would all be unemployed. Well, come to think of it, we nearly are but not due to boycotting. Whoever suggested this idea needs to get a life.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  134. Alex Chick

    I agree with Craig Morris...Scotish incompitence compares favorably with most of ours (US) , the good news is that we know for sure that Libya hasn't changed a bit...

    August 24, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  135. Damian

    Please, Please, Please America, make good on your threat not to consume any more fine scotch whiskey. This will allow us English, Welsh, Scottish and the rest of the world to enjoy it at a marginally lower cost!!!

    Oh, and while you're at it, why not boycott ruining the planet as well, at least then we can all benefit from your principles.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  136. Jon

    I'm scottish and find this whole attitude towards Scotland very immature and stupid.

    Okay, I'm not sure whether I would have released but it was a decision that had be taken by someone. The man is going to die soon anyway, get over it and concentrate on your own country's mess rather than moaning about ours.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  137. Elaine

    As a scot I am unsure of how I feel about the release of Al-Megrahi, though on the whole I feel it is always better to show compassion for those who do evil lest we become like them.

    However, as strange as this may sound, I am very grateful for the row that has started. If Americans feel that they should boycott Scottish goods, then while I would regret it I still say fine, if that´s what you have to do, go ahead.

    While Americans were the majority of victims the crime happened in Scotland and therefore comes under Scottish jursistiction, we didn´t ask to end up in the middle of this mess, but we´re here anyway. We have followd out laws, they are different to yours, if you truly believe we should abandon our beliefs simply to please Ameica then truly you are doing us a great service by boycotting us, friendship that asks you to sacrifice who you are is not friendship, and it´s one we can live without. Whatever the financial cost to ourselves.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  138. Mary

    As an american living in Scotland, I have to say that the outrage over Megrahi's release is not limited to the international community. Most Scottish people are outraged about this as well. The Scottish Nationalist Party (the leading party in Scottish Parliament at the moment and also the party that MacAskill is a member of) is minority government and already under a lot of criticism from previous policies. Megrahi's release will likely ruin the SNP in the next election.

    I highly doubt the Libyans will give Megrahi back, so what good is refusing imported whisky going to serve? It's not going to give a hard blow to the SNP. Scotland is a small country, but it's not so small that a whisky boycott from 1 country is going to make or break it. The only people who will be effected by a boycott are those working in the Whisky industry. You'll be taking the livelihood away from people who had absolutely nothing to do with Megrahi's release and probably are just as enraged as you are about this. Let the Scottish people deal with the SNP and MacAskill. It is their government, after all.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  139. kevin84

    William Wallace would never have done something so weak and craven as let an enemy depart triumphantly for a couple of oil contracts. Scotland should be ashamed. I will drink some good Irish whiskey.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  140. Rick

    ..so who benefits from the boycott of Scotch Whiskey..all the USA Whiskey manufacturers.....any connection?

    August 24, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  141. G O'R

    I agree with Jean Pierre Provot.(above) I posted a similar comment but it did not make it past the censors!

    August 24, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  142. L

    Scotch is delicious

    August 24, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  143. Sammy

    double standards from yet another US Administration? Where shall we start.. 'My Lai' would be the first when the US army company commader responsible directly and indirectly for the massacre of nearly 500 people was sentenced to life in prison, commuted to 3 years house arrest (only) by the then US President... and the commander was not even dying of cancer.. do I really need to continue?

    August 24, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  144. Frank

    All the Scots posting these "We aren't responsible" should have a quick look at what democracy means. You elected the people who are in charge and made the decisions leading up to this act. Therefore you ARE responsible, and will face the consequences of your choices. We in America have had to, over our elected officials and their choices. Welcome to voting.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  145. colin

    let's have a full public inquiry ( UN-led anybody?) into the lockerbie bombing and the release of al-meghari. and, please, when are news organisations such as CNN going to drop the moronic, tabloid-inspired instant polling on such non-issues as boycotting scottish products or any other of the drivel that so occupies the media today. it really does shame you. to be honest, i don't and wouldn't boycott any US consumer products. because they they don't seem to exist in europe. apart from american nuts.

    August 24, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  146. Terence

    Lockerbie bomber who is should be brought back to jail where he belong until gone in the jail. Bushmill whiskey is best smooth drink!

    August 24, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  147. Steve

    Perhaps the British should boycott everything American because of the people that support Noraid and the help they gave to the IRA?

    August 24, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  148. Robin - American by birth

    Are you people out of your freaking minds?

    We Americans sure have a high moral platform to stand on, don't we?

    Bush and cronies gave a new meaning to the word "terrorist", and gave fuel to every terrorist group in existence.

    Shut the muck up,

    I think I'll start drinking Scottish whiskey.

    August 24, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  149. Rick

    to Sharon Louise, bravo.....let's add Scottish beef, etc......you silly girl!

    August 24, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  150. Ben

    I agree with Raymundo...
    "Drink all the Scotch we can and urinate on the Libayan’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Seriously, boycotting Scotland is just plain childish. What exactly is it going to achieve? Scottish politicians already know how many Americans feel as do many Scottish people. This is not going to make a difference apart from maybe slightly affecting the Scottish economy and showing the world how hypocritical the USA is.

    August 24, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  151. Gary McLean

    To boycott Scotland would really be to punish the innocent. Scotland did not choose to have the crime and crash happen within its territory.

    The Scottish justice minister is a lawyer with 20 years standing and is a thoroughly honourable man. His party have no connections to other UK parties as they stand for independence from London. So his decision was not motivated by trade or diplomatic concerns – simply by Scots Law.

    The release comes at a time when many top-rank individuals were coming to the view that Megrahi's conviction (which was not by jury – the FBI director got it wrong) was wrong. The US and UK governments are concealing evidence: this is a known fact. Plus the CIA paid one of the witnesses, the only man to identify Megrahi.

    The issue is complex and to simplify it to such an extent as a call to boycott Scotch whisky is deeply depressing and a dumbing-down of jouralism. Again.

    August 24, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  152. Robert

    Why would anyone boycott Scottish goods for this reason?
    Does the world boycott Starbucks or all things American for the crimes Americans committed against thousands of risoners in Iraqi jails or for not allowing "war criminals" the right to fair trials in American Courts?
    Or for all but wiping out American Indian civilisation?
    At least this man was the subject of a democratic judicial system which while we may not all agree with the individual's right to be free as a result of his about to die, was the outcome of a democratic society.
    I am appalled at some of these comments from a so called Christian America. And as for the power of the dollar – well Americans are spending plenty of dollars to prop an Afghan regime which allows men to rape their wives – is that too the power of the US dollar? What hypocracy!

    August 24, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  153. Derek White

    I was at a professional soccer match in Scotland on the night of 9/11 when the entire crowd stood in silence to honor the American dead. Scottish troops still fight and die in Afghanistan to prevent anything like that happening again.
    All the relatives of the Lockerbie bombing , American and Scottish, have my sympathy, and only someone who has suffered what they have suffered has the right to criticise anything they say. Don't drink scotch if you don't want to. But please lets not let compassion become a dirty word.

    August 24, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  154. Iain

    I am not a Christian, but the most meaningful thing I've heard on this is from a Church of Scotland minister Ian Galloway: "It is not about whether he deserves compassion, it is about whether we have the capacity to give it and it is really important for the fullness of our humanity that we remain capable of showing mercy. We are defined as a nation by how we treat those who have chosen to hurt us. Do we choose mercy even when they did not chose mercy?" I would hope that nations such as the US and Scotland have moved beyond seeking vengeance or revenge and calling it justice but I doubt it.

    August 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  155. David

    The man is dying and will be dead in three months. He has served a long time in prison and will soon have to awnser to his God for his actions.
    I am confident that he did carry out the bombing but equally there is no doubt in my mind that the true criminals are the ones who told him to do it and gave him the means to carry it out. I would prefer to see all this effort going into identifying those people.

    Regarding the reaction in the USA I would ask you to reflect on how many people civillian and military who were killed in Northern Ireland by the IRA, an organisation supported by a good number of Americans.

    Most importantly, remember the almost total lack of support the UK received from the US on extraditing known bombers and gunmen and compare this to the level of support the USA has received from the UK when the US was attacked.

    August 24, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  156. Joelle Mazzoleni

    Everyone will agree the convicted bomber of Lockerbie deserves the consequences of his acts. His liberation can be debated. The reported jubilation upon his arrival can be debated as well. However, it would be extremely silly to think that by boycotting any product, a wrong would be righted and the victims would benefit. Two wrongs never make a right.
    I think americans in general are easily provoked in misguided actions, which upon reflection, have consequences which should be analyzed with more care. With globalisation, who owns what? You may end up hurting people who have nothing to do with this mess and pay dearly for the hasty decisions of others.

    August 24, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  157. Steve Moffat

    Actually, who cares if any of you yanks give up whisky?? The American market is only a small part of the worldwide whisky market....the Asian market is far bigger.

    August 24, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  158. Dave

    I do not agree with the release of Megrahi, but some American's seem to forget that Scottish troops are doing more than their fair share as allies of America in Afghanistan. Perhaps if Amercians boycott Scottish goods, Scottish troops should boycott duty in Afghanistan.

    Also, there are many IRA terrorists who did just as evil acts and had a much clearer case against them that America refused to allow stand trial. Also, IRA murderers were given pardons as part of the Northern Ireland agreement. Where was America's principals of justice for their victims and familes?

    August 24, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Reply
  159. David Bernstein

    I listened to the Minister Kenny MacAskill with Wolf Blitzer. Considering all the circumstances of the snobbish reply of the Minister and the warm welcome by Ghadafi, the question that I have is: Did the Minister receive personal compensation?

    August 24, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  160. Allison

    As Americans, we are taught from a young age the power of the boycott–from tea in the Revolution to the Montgomery Bus Boycotts in the Civil Rights Movement. Our knee-jerk reaction reaction when we find no politial avenues for change is to go for the pocket book, where it hurts the most. From what I understand, GB and Libia have a prisoner exchange agreement where he could have been sent to a Libian prison to finish out his sentence. It is not fair to the families nor the victims that this man was granted clemency when there was no mercy and no humanitarianism shown to those passengers. Dying when a bomb explodes in your plane cannot be merciful way to go. Purposely targeting a plane full of civilians is alittle different than civilians being caught in the crossfire of a war zone, and as much as we regret the loss of innocent life in the latter, there needs to be a distinction. That being said, do I think we should be in Iraq, no. Do I think that a boycott will change the fact that he is free in Libia? No. Its not like they are going to give him back. We have always had a great relationship with the Scots–there are more people of Scottish decent in the US than in Scotland–but the people of Scotland need to show their displeasue in their democratically elected leaders (or at least this one) and make sure he never holds public office again. They should be outraged as much as we are.

    August 24, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  161. Kari

    Let's boycott everything from America.
    Hmmm, in just a few years, they have caused havoc around the world, are responsible for millions of lost lives (American as well) and basiclly are trying to rule the world.

    If you want to boycott something, boycott petrol... but that would be... well.. impossible!

    As for you CNN, you have been my favourite source of news until now. This story was shown for one side only.. same on you!

    August 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  162. Jim

    In order to give something up or boycott it, you need to have the money to pay for it. As we all know that the vast majority of people in the US are broke because they spent all their money,and borrowed huge amounts more, to buy flat screen televisions, ten big macs a day and monster truckm then the threat of a boycott is pretty irrelevant. I dont think many people in Scotland (or the rest of the world) could care less if the US threatens to boycott
    Lots of us on this side have not forgotten the help the US gave to the IRA when they were killing our women and children who out shopping ebfore christmas or murdering our troops.

    August 24, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  163. Jonathan kelly

    Don't be so rash to jump on the 'Boycotting' bandwagon, Nobody in the UK agrees with this idiot, all boycotting scotch will serve is to put some poor guy who probably agrees that this guy should rot in jail out of a job. it won't bother the government minister one bit. But rest assured we will remember next election time.

    August 24, 2009 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  164. Paddy Lawrence

    According to a number of US citizens, this is all about oil. So let me get this straight: The US actually BOMBS, INVADES and then OCCUPIES a sovereign state, following which, it secures "Rights" to 95% of the rebuild and oil programs and then has the UNMITIGATED GALL to criticize another nation for doing exactly that – if that was what actually happened. (And that's a very BIG if).

    When will you grow up and realise that you're not in charge? That the head of the FBI and even Obama himself could do nothing about this should help remind you of that fact.

    August 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  165. Halabee

    Talk about proportion

    August 24, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  166. alex

    By scots law it was the correct decision
    If your going to boycott whisky then do so,we have new maeket in north africa

    August 24, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  167. Rob

    The release of prisoners to die at home is not unusual. It is humane. While some may say that the horrendous act this person committed does not deserve an act of such humanity, the punishment of life in prison, has been, in effect, carried out.

    Megrahi spent the final years of his life in custody, save the final, painful few months he may have left as he dies.

    The reaction is understandable, however, Scotland and it's justice ministry officials have done something within their policies, an act of reasonableness that separates our societies from the less humane, such as Libya.

    The reaction to this situation has been grasped mainly for use as a political football, with the profile of this case used as an opportunity to gain political ground.

    The families of the victims have suffered their losses and will never recover from the bombing fallout.

    There are no winners here.

    August 24, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  168. Braveheart

    This really is a silly idea. If you are talking about boycotting Scotland then just looking at Scotch is pitiful. You probably also need to stop engaging in golf, watching TV (invented by John Logie Baird – a Scotsman), running your cars on tyres (invented by Dunlop – also Scottish), and on your tarmacadam road (invented by McAdam – a Scot), as well as anything to do with steam engines (you're getting it now aren't you). You will also need to stop travelling to Scotland (a pity because the Scots really love Americans – they are seen as freedom-loving and have fought for the right to take decisions independently from a British parliament – they are also closely related to many Scots). The Scots also believe many Americans are God-fearing individuals who believe in compassion, mercy, forgiveness, even in the face of hostility and adversity. This was clearly a very tough decision to have to take – let's respect that decision (whether or not we agree with it) and not get too caught up in too much media-manipulated sensationalism.

    August 24, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  169. james from glasgow, scotland

    giving up scotch whiskey for irish whiskey is fine as 90% of scot's blood is of irish desent, and most of our relatives live in ireland, scots love irish whiskey, and yes it is better for you, God bless Scotland, Ireland, UK, and USA

    August 24, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  170. Scott

    Yet again it appears America seeks to bully the rest of the the world.

    How dare you seek to chastise anyone for underhanded political tactics that seem to affect the rest of the world.

    And equally how dare you criticize what seems to be a ridiculous legal decision that is forced by a legal system and not necessarily common sense.

    You live in a country which if a campaign like this is boycottscotland.com is successful enough, you could genuinely have a real and lasting affect on Scottish business and it's people.

    What have they ever done to you.

    I'm an Australian living in England and I'm incensed with anger at this campaign but I have to watch what I say because whenever I travel to America (and this is often because I love the place), I'm always treated with the most amazing hospitality and have had some of the most wonderful times. So I'd never want my words to sound like they are directed at the American people.

    But America, every now and then someone there does something like this and it makes it difficult not to think of your society as the big bully in the play ground who everybody is nice to because we have no choice but secretly everyone hates, because we're sick of being pushed around.

    I love America and it's people and childish champagne like this won't change that.

    But I say to boycottscotland.com and other such champagne, please leave the Scottish people alone. They are as confused and hurt about this decision as you are.

    Lets not forget this horrible crime happened on Scottish soil with mainly American victims.

    Our peoples should be united at times like this.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  171. jt

    Greg Smith and Don Elliot are both correct, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was framed and the US public is so gullible they will accept any lie their criminal government tells them until everything they have has been stolen. $2 trillion a month since last October. Idiots.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  172. Gadaffiduck, Texas

    A list of Scottish things that I will boycott:

    Scottish things that I will boycott: Whisky ;Shortbread ; Guinness ; Tartan Pyjamas ; The music of Rod, Andy and Dave Stewart ;The films of Mel Gibson and James Stewart; Groundsman Willie; Fried Food; Ryvita ; Stuart Little; Bruce Springsteen ;Fran and Anna ; Kirk Douglas ; Buckfast Tonic Wine ; Glen Campbell ; AC/DC ; MacDonald's; Donald Trump; Tunnock's Tea Cakes; Campbell's Soup; Irn Bru ; Colin Montgomerie; Shrek (has a Scottish accent); Scrooge McDuck; Scotch Eggs; Scotch tape; McDonnell Douglas; Rupert Murdoch.

    Like most Americans I don't have a passport nor have I ever left my own state but I'm now thinking of getting one so I can boycott visiting Scotland. I'm also going to learn golf so that I can boycott Scotland's golf courses.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  173. Ben

    Seems inane to me as an American that other Americans would call for actions that would hurt a US ally such as Scotland. It seems that people forget that Scottish soldiers are fighting and dying in Afghanistan.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  174. ronmacdee

    Boycott Scotland? Why not instead support the call for an open and transparent inquiry and attempt to find out the whole truth. This is what the Scottish government has called for.
    Either Al-Magrahe is guilty, in which case he was a foot-soldier and his commanders are still at large, or, he is innocent and the actual bomber is still free. I would have thought the indignation currently raging should more appropriately be focussed on finding the truth which, by any standard, we still do not know.
    We in the UK are no strangers to Libyan-sponsored terror. After all, it was they who armed the IRA paid for with cash raised mainly in the bars and grills of Boston USA.
    Boycott Scotland. Yeh.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  175. Ram Kumar Patel

    The decision to release a convicted bomber is extremely unfortunate especially in the present times. This cold blooded terrorist who killed hundreds of innocent people not only got released but went home to receive a hero's welcome and applause. This decision is neither human nor smart and send an absolutely wrong message to not only the terrorists but also the law abiding people who lost their loved ones. A Scottish product boycott is misplaced though because many of those exporters must be equally upset about the release. I think its time to boycott the systems that pitch us against each other.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  176. Morris

    Listen folks I really do not want to inflame an already sensitive issue but I feel you need to aware of the facts regarding this decision. In Scotland here we have a law that anybody, no matter what their crime, who is facing imminent death shall be freed from custody. this come about by the way we lead our lives and we are governed by these principals. The words "Wisdom, Justice, Compassion, Integrity" are inscribed on the Mace in our Government chamber.

    The crime of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi is the worst atrocity carried out on Scottish soil. Many nationalities including Americans died on that tragic night and they will be remembered along with their families in Scotland for ever. This however is not about whether he did or did not commit the crime. He was tried under Scottish law but under an international agreement he was not judged by 15 true men but a panel of judges. Anyway the punishment and judicial sentence is what we are discussing.

    Because he was tried under Scottish law he falls under the Scottish judicial system and that dictates that he must be released if it is proven that he is near death. It was proven to our justice Minister that this was the case and he had to act accordingly. this was never intended as a slight on the victims families.

    We as a nation have to uphold our values as America has to uphold hers. We cannot and will not be bullied by a bigger country into changing our laws and principals as I suspect you would not either.

    If you proceed with your boycotts this will only further damage our relations and America will forever be viewed as the playground bully who will stamp his feet and others just to get its way. Will you also boycott our military whop are fighting so bravely alongside your brave military?

    Please accept that things will happen in other countrys that you may not agree with but you cannot then bully them into becoming like you.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  177. John Daly

    Americans should boycott Scotland and and everything that the Scots have ever invented.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbB_yfGffbY

    August 24, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  178. tommy allan

    Are Americans going to boycott everything Scottish? If so here are just a few things that you will be giving up.
    TV, invented by a Scot
    The telephone invented by a Scot.
    Bicycles, their Pneumatic tyres were invented by a Scot
    Golf a game which millions of American play, it was created in Scotland.
    I hope none of you get ill as penicillan was invented by a Scot.
    I could go on and on and on, but I don't have the time or probably the space to do so.
    But I will add the American Navy to this list, since it was founded by a Scot. And talking about the American Navy, how many of the crew of the ship that shot down the Iranian Airliner (a few months before Lockerbie) are still in jail? Were any of them sent to face an Iranian court (even in a nuetral country)? Now, wouldn't it be more likely that it was Iran and not Libya that bombed flight 103?

    August 24, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  179. Kirsty, Kilmarnock, Scotland

    So, the first thing that people from the United States think about when they think of Scotland is whisky. What a cliche !

    I'm Scottish and I'm not giving up Big Macs or Coca Cola. Get a sense of proportion!

    August 24, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  180. George Burley

    Thats it. I am NEVER going to support Scotchland at soccer again

    August 24, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  181. Alborz

    Of course only idiots will give up Scottish Whiskey.
    Then again what a silly, silly, silly question !!

    August 24, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  182. Barron Laycock

    This question is absurd. Suggesting Americans boycott Scotch based on a single disagreeable administrative decision by a bureaucrat is yet another indication of our overly simplistic and even childish approach to international relationships. Surely, even the American public cannot be this churlish and this dumb.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  183. Calgacus

    Simple said

    "I still believe in the power of the dollar to express sentiment and influence behavior"

    I believe thats partly how Rome expanded – an dlok what happened to it. An insurrection of Celtic barbarians is on its way Simple. The Dark Ages lie ahead.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  184. Paddy Lawrence

    To all of those warmongers and American fundamentalists: What if he's innocent? Worse still; What if he was executed and then found to be innocent?

    Those currently baying for retribution will be utterly SHAMED but I bet not one will stand up and say "I was wrong". The blood of that innocent man would have been on your hands as sure as if you were holding the blade yourself.

    Personally, I am delighted that he was released because he was a scapegoat, and one day you Americans will realise that the real murderer got away with it.

    You are so blinded by vengeance that you cannot see the real perpetrator walking off into the sunset. HE is laughing at you but you're so wrapped up in Old Testament rage, vitriol and hatred you've totally missed him.

    I'm an Irishman living in England. The Scots are a proud, honest and honorable race and I love them dearly. I'm so disappointed in the aggressive and destructive American response to this situation; my partner agrees that we will cancel our trip to California in May 2010 and tour Scotland instead as a show of solidarity to our Celtic cousins.

    Boycott Scotland? Don't push it too far USA – for you may find that it comes back to bite you in the rump.

    Paddy

    August 24, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  185. Tommy Kingswells

    Are you yanks for real ?
    You had a dumbass naval commander blow up an Iranian passenger jet – was he charged ? No he was retired and given a medal.
    And what about all the money you lot gave to the the ira ?
    Get off your hi-horses you bunch of hypocrites.
    I don't think he should have been released but the immature response from so many Americans is a joke.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  186. Jools

    "CIA used drill, gun to coerce prisoner"

    ..and Scotland's actions have "undermined the rule of law" (according to the head of the FBI.

    Is there no end to America's hypocrisy?

    August 24, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  187. Raymond Solaiman, Australia

    It will be a torture not to drink whisky for the rest of my life. I may compensate this with Absinth instead. But, never again, will I bow myself to the cowardience of the Scottish. This man was greeted by Gaddafi and his son in life. He will later be greeted by Adolf Hitler, Henrich Himmler, Hermann Georing, General Tojo, Saddam Hossain, and even prophet Mohammad, to live with them in hell. This man knows that he will die in hatred and disgust, no matter he is in prison or not. He deserved to die like Adolf Eichmann. Rott you man, rott you in hell.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  188. Tam

    Oh Dear..... For God and Country eh? Oh sorry, when America isnt happy, God Isnt , is that right? The very God that is sworn by in giving allegience, calls for forgiveness..... America doesnt Agree.... God must be wrong then??????
    Cmon America, i,m Scottish, and may not agree with the decision to rea;ease the man, but i understant why....... he,s dying.
    The terrorists of this world try to get us to give up our freedom and our humanity, sometimes a simple act of kindeness can change many things..... or is it revenge that were thinking of..... Oh, thats God wrong again????? theres a time for our humanity to be seen. Let those without sin cast the first nuke????
    Your better than this America, and the Scottish people are a proud nation, but one man made a decision whether you agree with it or not, there was a little humanity involved.
    Tam

    August 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  189. Kenny H

    I note that William Calley, the officer in charge, and therefore ultimately responsible for, the massacre at Mai Lai (the US Army acknowledged the death of up to 500 civilians, predominantly women and children by US forces) was released by US authorities after three years of house arrest.

    I'm now trying to determine what American products to boycott in support of the Vietnamese. Now should that be blissful ignorance or lack of compassion.

    Decisions decisions???

    August 24, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  190. deebel

    Bet there is a sigh of relief in the corridors of power in Washington now that someone else has removed an impediment for U S doing business with Lybia , or will they boycott chance of oil contracts $bn..yeah right.

    will this boycott proposed also extend to US refusing to sell us Scots american products? Will the U S burger bars outsite our schools be dismantled? Scotland is probably the only country in the world where coke/pepsi is not the no 1 soft drink. Scotland doesnt make whiskey only Ireland and America.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  191. Luis Osorno

    Hmmmmmm......... 30% yes, 39% no...... the other 31% does not count, so, I'd say, this can have a large impact on scotch sales to the US, let's do it..........

    August 24, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  192. kc

    stupid, ignorant and funny.

    Did anyone even think of boycotting Saudi or Iraq petrol when 9/11 happened?. I guess not.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  193. Sara

    At least Americans are trying to do something to stop terrorism in the world. How are you helping over there in Scotland? It's not wrong to boycott products. Sometimes you just have to hit people in the pocketbook. Apparently, oil was such a big draw in this scenario. Fine, but don't expect my dollars to support Scotland.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  194. Mark

    Haha, I see someone saying that all scotland gives the world is scotch and canned haggis? Try telephones, television, golf, insulin and pennicilin.
    The decision to free him was made by one man and is not the opinion of everyone in Scotland, however scots law states that evryone should be allowed compassionate release if they are facing death.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  195. Jools

    In a country so religious that many believe humans walked with dinosaurs 14,000 years ago you’d think respect and tolerance would come naturally.

    Obviously not.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  196. Craig B.

    What I find amazing is that this case has the same failings as most cases that are overturned in the United States. Evidence that is tampered with, or even worse manufactured, people paid to make statements, and a driving indifference to justice all in the name of closure. The sad this is that money has ruled the day again. If his appeal would have gone on there would have been some very embarrassing facts that would have come out, but instead he was released out of compassion and it allowed all the politicians to cry out what an injustice this was. Maybe this should still go forward as planned and let the additional facts come out. Our Country kills just as many or more on a regular basis, all in the name of the interests of the United States, but where are our citizens to help the families of those slain? We are still like a little kid that wants all of the toys, pout when we don’t get our way, and want to punish those who do not go along with us. Maybe the Scottish people should have turned away the grieving relatives of the victims and not bent over backwards to accommodate them in their time of need. They didn’t ask for anything in return, but we are quick to punish them when we react to what we perceive as injustice. Like the comment about the “freedom fries” and the subsequent anti-French sentiment by many in this Country because they didn’t agree with our policy on Iraq, maybe they shouldn’t have helped us back in 1776. How soon we forget.

    August 24, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  197. L.Louise

    Dear John,
    When you say "it's an absoulte joke what the Scottish did", I think you will find a poll wasn't taken and the average person wasn't consulted.
    The decision, rightly or wrongly, was taken by one man alone.
    Also, I believe you'll find that Presidant Obama also requested that a hero's welcome was not afforded, so it would appear that dicators don't follow the wishes of America either.

    oh and Mr George Burley – I think you'll find the country you want to refer to is SCOTLAND not SCOTLAND (do you need a map?)

    And you are correct – I am English (capital E)

    August 24, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  198. Chris

    Regardless if Al-Megrahi is guilty or not, he is terminally ill. The Scottish Government has set a courageous example of humanity over the ever-present cries for revenge, which come in particular from the US.

    August 24, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  199. Siegfried Lindell

    Quite ridiculous and hypocritical coming from a country with such an apalling human rights record.....I´m going to buy another bottle of Scotch. Slainté!

    August 24, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  200. simon jones

    How dare you consider boycotting united kingdom goods just because you are not getting your own way like usual . do you remember who supported you after 9/11 . keep going on like this and you will have no allies at all in this world. Of course it is wrong that this man was released , i disagree with him being released , scotland wanted devolution and break away from england and run their own affairs , they are a country in their own right , it's nothing to do with the british goverment .this tradegy happened over their airspace , the british goverment is made up of england , wales and northern island in my view, scotland is at fault with their incompetence, whenever something goes wrong they hide behind the british goverment which they are not even a part of and they dont want to be part of.so just take the matter up with them.i have come to the realisation that their is no "special relationship between britain and america , i have seen this increasingly over the years with your immigration department , if you treat your closes allies like that then god help you . i will be continuing having lovely holidays in canada and australia.

    August 24, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  201. Matt Collins

    Why is CNN giving this stupid story legs, are you looking to destroy the Scotch villages, jobs and livelihoods by compairing this diffilcult choice and point of view to whether people will keep drinking whiskey. This is dumb and offensive to those who lost their lives and the Scots.

    August 24, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  202. Neverinahundredyears

    WHAT!!! GIVE UP SCOTCH????
    Are you out of MIND!!!
    Just because of Scotland's releasing an alleged and convicted terrorist!!!
    No way will I give up drinking the best creation known to mankind.
    Nothing in this world would make me stop drinking scotch.
    Everyone needs a glass or two of the Hair of the Dog at some point of time at the end of a grueling day!!!
    I find this Poll discusting and some what immoral. In fact, I am going to pour myself some Green Lable Johnny Walker on the rocks and pretend that I never heard of this!!!

    August 24, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  203. dave1

    perhaps we should boycott everything american for having the cheek to crash on Scotland lol or boycott everything american for killing British soldiers in the middle east!!!!!!!!., you yanks love going over the top, and this is a prime example.
    the man is dead anyway, so wtf does it matter?

    August 24, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  204. Richard

    I am absolutely appauled by some of the comments on here (especially by arrogant americans) perhaps the release of Al Megrahi was wrong but are you suggesting America has never made a mistake? Imagine how you would feel if people around the world started boycotting American products? British soldiers stand side-by-side with you in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and i suspect the majority of which will be scottish and exceptional soldiers too!!! I think you need to open yours eyes to the rest of the world, it doesn't revolve around!!!

    August 24, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  205. doug macdonald

    If the bomber Al Megrahi was as most people think innocent then why was his appeal not heard in open court. It seems very strange that anyone would not allow the appeals process to take its turn & reveal the truth. he was found guilty in court he should have had all the rights to prove his innocence as he has claimed. The silence from leaders of the UK is deafening, I am shocked at this ruling, I live close to the Scottish border the Pan-Am flight broke up over our town & the outrage from people is really major, most believe that a deal for oil was done or they simply read his appeal & decided that they could not let the information he had get into the public domain it makes me feel angry & sad for the victims families.

    August 24, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  206. Guenther

    If this Minister is sacked the Whisky will at once loose that bitter taste it got now for me. Would like to know in which year this ammendment was added to the scottish law -hopefully not after the terrorist was convicted in order to have a legal ground for a long planned release ?
    And don`t forget to watch if he is really dying soon or some "miracle"
    will cure his prostate cancer now...

    August 24, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  207. Xia Kun

    Oh, that would appease someone somewhere!
    Mr. Bin Ladin would be so happy to stop buying Scotch Whisky and I gues he will also urge you to go ahead and boycott German Beer as well. Isn't it a good idea to send Hijab dress to Scottish women instead?

    August 24, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  208. George

    CNN spews out with some ridiculous Poll survey questions.....i shall drink to that...and yes scotch whisky.

    August 24, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  209. I've a better scottish accent then mel gibson

    Why don't you folks get a grip and try dealing with things your countrymen are doing? Shooting down Iranian planes, ignoring human rights, torturing people, waging illegal wars, letting rednecks steal your elections FFS.

    Whether you agree with it or not what was done was done within the laws of Scotland, a country you have nothing to do with, so butt out.

    For those from the UK who say that most of us disagree with the decisiosn, on what do you base this bold statement? Nobody has yet conducted a poll so don't include me and my like in your thinking.

    AFinally a note for a great many of the posts so far. Boycott all the whiskey you want to. Whiskey comes from Ireland or the UK, Just keep drinking whisky. ;0)

    August 24, 2009 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  210. Dennis The Bald

    I can quite easily pledge to never eat haggis. I guess the same pledge towards scotch wouldn't cost me any more: let it be written, let it be done. Never will I consume either of these foul things that some falsely claim are fit for human consumption.

    I further pledge to never advertise on the Glen Beck show.

    The doings of the Scots is not of concern to and my fellow USofAliens. well, I guess there are some USofAliens that relish in poking their noses when they don't belong, what else would explain the watching Glen Beck's show?

    August 24, 2009 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  211. Stephen Mac

    If you boycott Scotch whisky, will you promise to boycott oil from Libya since the bomber came from Libya, and also boycott Sauid Arabian oil because the 9/11 bombers came from there??

    August 24, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  212. John McArthur

    When the IRA were bombing the British mainland over a long number of years, bars in New York , Boston and elsewhere in America were collecting money for 'the boys'.
    That money wasnt being used to buy clothes and toys for starving orphans.
    Kenny MacAskill acted with compassion – with sentiments inspired more by the New Testament than the Old Testament – unlike many Americans who believe Christ's message was 'revenge' and 'punish' through the use of 'shock and awe'

    August 24, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  213. I've a better scottish accent then mel gibson

    Of course whiskey comes from Ireland or the US – fingers got carried away there

    August 24, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  214. Alasdair Allan

    One point on the choice of boycott.

    Whisky is made a minimum of 8 years in advance.

    The majority sold is 8 to 10 years old. If whisky isn't sold, it is stockpiled and continues to age.

    This increases its value.

    Lol.

    August 24, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  215. Irish Observer

    Another dumb idea.
    Remember the French Fry boycott - the Freedom Fry proposal.
    No mention at the time about returning THE STATUE OF LIBERTY TO FRANCE..

    But how many Americans know it came from France.
    Generally an uneducated nation when itt comes to world affairs.

    Frustrated that they no longer can boss other countries around -- examples Iran and North Korea.

    August 24, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  216. Lisa

    No way no how am I giving up Scotch. Ever. Do you really think a few people giving up scotch is going to make a real dent in Scotland's GDP? Delusional. Unreal.

    August 24, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  217. w.gonzalez

    Hey Paddy thanks for you and your partner for boycotting the U.S.
    I'm sorry we "Yanks" have feelings . Is'nt nice that your right arm can type
    and is'nt sore from holding it out in a salute . We got enough pie faces
    over here anyway .

    August 24, 2009 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  218. Travis

    You have to separate the politicians from the people...why would anyone refuse to consume a Scottish product, simply b/c ONE official made a decision. The people had NO say in this....if people in the world stopped buying American every time they did not agree with our politicians decisions...we would be in a much deeper hole than we are now....

    August 24, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  219. Richard - Scotland

    I am Scottish and proud........Megrahi was prosecuted under Scots law, convicted and sentenced under Scots law, and thus will imprisoned must be administered in accordance with Scots law......if the law has provision for compassion and he meets the exhaustive criteria, then he should be processed like any other prisoner........that is the priniciples of our fair and democratic society.

    I have the utmost sympathy for the families of the victims and know that I would almost certainly react in a similar way, if it was my family who was murdered, but sadly they are too close to this tradegy and thus we need to seek the resolve of others to properly administer our laws without interference.

    It is said the he only spent 15 days in prison for each of the 270 victims, well another 3 months is hardly going to have a major impact on that statistic.........if he had remained in jail and died there, he would have become a martyr to any potential extremists.....there is no real positive benefit to society in this.

    Just perhaps however by taking a controversial, but brave step and showing compassion, there might be one young "brainwashed" potential terrorist, who may just stop and question that perhaps the Western "enemy" actually consists of good, prinicipled and genuine humanitarians – is that alone not worth trying something different from the usual threatening approach ?

    August 24, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  220. Dan

    Last boycott in2003 was French wine. I bot a lot of really good wine, really cheap.
    I would be willing to let people boycott scotch and hopefully some of the really good stuff will be had for very chear.

    August 24, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  221. Dawn F

    Will I boycot-heavens NO. That is ridiculous. Doing so would only hurt the businesses and the working population. The people of Scotland did not have a voice in this decision. Just like the citizens of the US didn't have a voice on what the Bush Administration did for those horrible 8 years.
    I'm proud of my scottish heritage and will make plans to visit that beautiful country and I will continue to purchase products from Scotland.

    August 24, 2009 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  222. carl

    The Americans can dig there heads in dirt!!!! They should be boycotted for their crimes against humanity in Iraq, Afghanistan, South America and the list goes on. I hope they lose there entire army in Afghanistan to teach them that forceful war is not the way!!!!!!!!!! which is why they are loosing

    August 24, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  223. Ana

    Until I see Bush in prison for life there is no justice in this world!!!!!!!

    August 24, 2009 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  224. Paul Cook

    Boycott Scotland, SCOTLAND ! ! ! !
    Are you serious ?

    The U.S. have fell out with a few countries over the years, yet your talking about boycotting Scotland.

    Scotland, with the rest of the U.K , are the only true allies America has left and this is forgotten because of the decision of one man, ( I know, it has been been pointed out that Mr MacAskill was elected by the people , but so was George W............TWICE ).

    Of course, the majority of people in Scotland do not agree with the decision, at least I have not spoken to anyone who wanted this man released.
    But a decision has been made and Mr MacAskill has taken it on the chin and said it is down to him. Yet, some people still think the Scots have to suffer a boycott.

    The last boycott against France was because they refused to fight by your sides, but the Scots are there now, by your sides, fighting terrorism with you, our allies.
    Yet the passion for freedom shown by thousands of young Scots soldiers, the many who have died, is being ignored because of recent events.

    SHAME !

    The U.S. plane was shot down in a revenge " tit for tat " by the Lybians.
    Scotland had nothing to do with this, until, due to a mis-timing, the plane crashed in Scotland.

    Scotland did not do anything wrong, yet Scottish people lost their lives that day as well.
    There have been bonds made with the Scots and American victims families since and there is no reason that this should change now.

    Boycott Scotland !
    Are you serious.

    August 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  225. John Daly

    Richard – Scotland!
    What on earth are you doing coming on here with your logical and reasoned thinking?
    This is Nutsville, man. This is where the Gorillas with Science Notebooks hang out.
    Soarsa Alba!

    August 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  226. John

    Sara @ 1650 – How are we helping in Scotland...hmmmm let me see....Oh. I know....by having our young men and women in the military die in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    And lets not forget the 1st and 2nd Iraq wars were all about the US getting access to the oil and nothing more.

    The Scottish law was passed in 1993, although the action had been used previously.

    Also, where is the upror about Susan Atkins being released on compassionate ground? Should we boycott all Californian goods?

    August 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  227. Scotty O'Grady

    Throw Mr. Scott of the USS Enterprise, that will teach them! God I need a drink wheres my bottle of SCOTCH!!!!!

    August 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  228. The wee Scot

    I just understand the logic now of standing shoulder to shoulder with our friend in times of troubles. If you (U.S.A) disagree with another country polices or decisions then you boycott their goods.

    Well I tell you this, this is fundamental for democracy that decision’s can be make and will be made, and it’s human nature for people to disagree with them. Some people in Scotland also disagree with this decision but I also agree with compassion. I fully support the Scottish Government in their decision because anything else would be revenge. Revenge is the evil that destroys democracy.

    Before anyone can say anything I have served in the war on Terror and help the people of Afghanistan in more than one occasion.

    So what I say to the people of America, big decisions have to be made, sometimes for good and some time for bad. However, this is what democracy and freedom is about.

    August 24, 2009 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  229. Paul Cook

    Correction :-
    Sorry, I wrote the plane was shot down, an obvious mistake,

    August 24, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  230. Jon C

    I'm Scottish and live in Scotland. There's a lot of people in earlier comments that speak sense, and there's also a lot of the usual kneejerk ranting. A few points....
    1. Because a politician makes a decision in "Country A", that does NOT mean the citizens of "Country A" agree with it, and certainly does not mean they should be punished for it. This bizarre logic is what caused a lot of trouble to the general population of Iraq after the first Gulf War
    2. I cannot stand Kenny Macaskill and I do not support his political party, however, he is fully entitled to make this decision
    3. Is Megrahi guilty? I don't believe so. Consider this. In July 1988 the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian passenger plane. Iran threatened to down 10 US airliners in revenge and was capable of doing so. This did not happen for a reason
    4. It's an established fact that the South African minister Pik Botha was pulled off the flight at the last minute
    5. It's an established fact that the US Embassy in Moscow advised it's staff to avoid using Pan Am over Christmas 1988
    6. It does not take a genius to connect the dots here

    August 24, 2009 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  231. Helen, Tampa, Fl.

    Let's forgive and forget. Move on with our lives. Those victims are happy in heaven. We all have to die one day and one consolation is they did not suffer before they died, sympathies to all the relatives.

    August 24, 2009 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  232. WERD

    grow up america,maybe you mite realise there IS a world out there,its ok for you lot to fund terrorists-IRA, its ok for you lot to wage illegal wars,get a grip we have compassion,whether we like it or not,megrahi was tried under SCOTS law so accept the outcome,whether it right or wrong,maybe it bout time the rest of the world started boycoting america and american exports,and as for a national news station to run a poll like this GET REAL

    August 24, 2009 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  233. Neverinahundredyears

    Most of the people who are in favor of boycotting Scotch Whisky are the biggest hippocrits and liars ever.
    I bet most of them can drink all of the scotch that Scotland can ever produce.
    Realistically, people should embrace themselves more "High Valued" prisoner releases in the world simply because the weaknest of the world economy has in itself severely weak the world judicial and penal systems.
    Many prison and states that supports them are financially straped and a forced to release prisoners that are too old or who are suffering from some sort of terminal illness like CANCER.
    It cost money to house and take care of terminally ill prisoners. And the money that pays for them comes directly from the TAX PAYERS!!!
    Scotland is not the only state that has release a terminally ill prisoner of questional nature. The U.S. state of Califonia recently released one of Charles Manson's fallowers from prison because she too is suffering from a terminal illness. No one call of a BOYCOTT of Califonia's wine because of that!!!
    Think twice before you react soo negatively. Present day prisons around the world are over populated with too many AGING and DYING prisoners that are too sick or too old to of any threat to the public.
    Know I must drink my glass of Scotch.

    August 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  234. Alex

    It seems daft to punish Scotch producers for something in which they have no involvement. It would be better to sit people down with a whisky to discuss such issues in a rational way! Also sad that the brave work of Scottish soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan seems to have been quickly forgotten by our American friends.

    August 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  235. John

    An interesting statistic for you....the average US prisoner spends less than 50% of his jail term. The average sentence for a murderer in the US is 149 months..a little over 12 years...they typically serve less than 6 years in prison....48% of the time he has been sentenced too.

    This man was sentenced to 27 years in prison (not the life sentence so many go on about)...he was behind bars from April 1999 until August 2009...a little over 10 years..or about 38% of his sentence.

    To meet the US average, if he had lived....the Scots couldhave released him in less than 3 years and all of the Americans would have been OK with that....Right?????

    Nope, probably not...... Hypocrisy is all it is....all this outcry is nothing but political expediency on the part of the US.

    August 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  236. Topcat in Glasgow

    What a bunch of hypocrites and thicko rednecks you folk are Stateside.
    The decision taken to release Megrahi was the correct one and most right thinking Scots (and there are a plenty of us) who have looked deep into the evidence of this case have seen for years how unsound the verdict was ... especially when the main witness (the Maltese shop owner) was paid millions of dollars of filthy lucre for his 'evidence' and then put up in Australia for life.
    Perhaps if you lot had any kind of moral high ground you could comment but I'm afraid that your appalling wars over oil, rendition flights to torture innocent people and mock executions at Guantanamo Bay make anything you muppets say entirely meaningless.

    August 24, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  237. Andy McCroy

    Hi there, I'm from Scotland and just came on to say that the issue here is not Magrahi (that's the Libyan guy used as a scapegoat) being released but the cover up by the US and UK Governments over the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

    Within 2 hours of the bombing there were guys with American accents trampling all over the crash site much to the disgust of the Scottish Police who were trying to keep this area clear. Who were they and why were they there.

    Also can you explain why American Diplomats were warned NOT to fly Pan Am over the Christmas period that year resulting in cancelled seats that were tragically snapped up by young Americans desperate to return home.

    Why was the finger pointed at Libya? Wasn't it Iran that promised just a few short months earlier that the "sky will run with American blood" after the shooting down of an Iranian passenger plane. (For which incidentally, the crew were rewarded with medals on their return to the U.S.)

    Sorry folks, there's a bigger picture here and Washington and London (not Edinburgh) are the only ones who know the truth. I for one would like to see a public enquiry, which we would have done if Magrahi had lived longer.

    Tony Blair (remember him?) and his cronies have been meeting with Libyan diplomats quite a bit recently and have convenientlly allowed the Scottish Government to take the backlash.

    It's not all as clear cut as you might think......

    August 24, 2009 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  238. Mat

    A man who killed 270 people is released, this is sick! I cannot belive this could happen! Should USA release Zacharias Moussaoui or Khalid Shake Mohammed? The answer is Yes if you ask theese blind European idiot liberals.

    August 24, 2009 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  239. embaressed

    i am sooo embarassed by you americans – anytime you do not agree or get your way you all cry "BOYCOTT" – like what – your all 2 years old – like you are all powerful – man o man – grow up. Did you all affect anything when you boycotted french fies – when you did not get what you wanted out of the french? Man grow up – really – GROW UP!

    August 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  240. Danny

    What a bizarre idea to boycott Scottish products. Have a good long think about all those Scottish inventions and there is a fair chance you won't be leaving the house.
    Also while you talk of boycotts of Scotland why does the USA have a trade delegation visiting Libya,After all if Megrahi was guilty then it could only have been ordered by Gadhaffi yet the US and England are cosying up to him,There is a reek of hypocrisy and none of it is coming from Scotland.
    We have been told that all the evidence will be made public before Megrahi dies,there is nothing to stop this happening now as the appeal is off.
    I'm a Scot who just happens to like the USA and have always found the people to be friendly ,if a bit unsure of the rest of the world.You may not like what our government has done but rest assured Scotland won't go behind your back.We'll tell it like it is you may not like it, but tough.In the long run the truth will come out.You'd be hard pushed to find anyone in Scotland who thinks the guy carried out the bombing and maybe just maybe England and the USA will tell us what they really know.

    August 24, 2009 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  241. dingo mellon

    IF THE BOYCOTT FAILS WILL YOU INVADE US LIKE YOU HAVE OTHER COUNTRIES ? WE ARE A SMALL BUT PROUD COUNTRY ,WE SHOW COMPASSION TO ALL PEOPLE NOT LIKE YOU MAY GOD FORGIVE YOU.

    August 24, 2009 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  242. Chris

    Ha, boycott American goods. That's a good one. What American goods. We don't make anything! Well unless you don't want our weapons and war mongering. If you really wanted to hurt America you would buy up all the Chinese goods you could to drive up the price on Americans. This is all really silly.

    August 24, 2009 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  243. angus

    I'm American and proud to be. Although I disagree with the Scottish decision, I won't be giving up Scotch or any thing else Scottish. Besides, all other whiskeys suck.

    August 24, 2009 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  244. alastair

    Digusted that CNN is given exposure to this ridiculous campaign... remember Britain is one of the few remaining allies to America and this is how the american people decide to repay us???

    Remember that Scottish lost innocent people in the Lockerbie disaster. And not all family members of victims disagree with the decision to release him – some were acutally campaigning for a full investigation as there was a miscarriage of justice, however, the US media choose not to report this.

    If the US want to boycott Scottish goods, presumably they are going to call their leaders into question on why they choose to resume business with the Libian Governemnt (those who apparently ordered the bombing). Disgustingly hypocritical!

    August 24, 2009 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  245. AC from VA

    First off, I really dont think that you have to worry too much about a boycott and here is why:
    –The holy rollers are Evangelicals (Baptist, Pentacostal, etc) and technically aren't supposed to drink (or dance like in Foot Loose). They do (because they are hipocrits) but if they drink whiskey, its Jack Daniels, but more likely they drink a 24 pack of Bud Light or homemade Moonshine before they beat their wives, impregnate their girlfriends, drive Chevy's, and wouldn't EVER think about drinking French Wine. Bubba Redneck ONLY buys American and would NEVER buy a $60 bottle of Scotch. They irritate us even more than they irritate you!
    –With that out of the way, I find it very frustrating as an American to constantly hear about how we are horrible people who are selfish and don't help anyone, that everyone hates us and we just boss people around. We, as a country, give more foriegn aide and money than anyone else. I don't exactly see Libya or Iran going out of its way aide humanitarian causes. Everyone supposedly hates us (except GB) and yet they want to come here for our education, freedom, healthcare, prosperity, and yes, Big Macs. We do treat out Allies worse than our enemies–it is easier for people from hostile countries to come and get a job in the US than it is for EU citizens (but vis versa, US citizens cant get a job in the EU either). I guess that we think that if they see us and get to know us they wont want to blow us up–which hasn't worked...just like showing compassion is not going to make terrorists compassionate. Compassion is a weakness in their eyes and just confirms their belief that they are superior to us.
    Scotland–Letting this guy out was a bad move and I seriously hope that it doesnt come back to bite all of us in the rear end. Who has less to lose than someone who has less than 3 months to live? I hope I am wrong, but he does believe dying a martyr of Jihad ensures you a place in Paradise. But we still <3 you even though your politician made a bad call just like you still <3 us when we had Bush and Cheney messing everything up and tapping our phones.

    August 24, 2009 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  246. geoffcalver

    To claim that Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi is and was an innocent man is asinine and untrue. He was found guilty and until he is found innocent, he is considered guilty.

    Needless to say, it was wrong to release al-Megrahi, and the celebration of his return in Libya ought to be condemned. In fact, I'm lobbying Senators to sanction Libya again because, in showering al-Megrahi with affection and celebration when he arrived home they proved that they are still a terror supporting state.

    This man murdered 270 people and served 11 days in prison per person he murdered. That is insane, it is a grave miscarriage of justice, and as the relative of a victim I think the justice minister of scotland should have asked for families opinions on the matter.

    Frankly, though, I won't boycott Scotland. It was up to one man, not all of Scottish parliament, and not to a referendum. Why punish Scotland? MacAskill though, ought to be fired.

    August 24, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  247. Dare

    It's outrageous for a God loved country to take the decision of the Scotish this far. It's only a Strong nation that can show compassion, not an islamic fundamentalist nation, that is the difference.

    August 24, 2009 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  248. Tom Kilcolm

    Will America still want and expect Scottish regiments to fight in Afghanistan, when Americans boycott Scotland?

    August 24, 2009 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  249. Colin

    Well if the boycott is on all things with Scottish roots then surely America should be giving up television, telephones, penicillin, ultrasound.... need i go on. Grow up.

    August 24, 2009 at 7:44 pm | Reply
  250. scotland the great

    for all you morons wanting to boycott scotland and jump on the poor american hard done by band wagon here is some scotland inventions that you will never boycott , Anaesthetics,Golf,Microwave Ovens,Penicillin,Paraffin,Radar Defense System,Refrigerators,The Steam Engine,The telephone,Television,Whisky , theres plenty more but here is 2 thats intresting , Buicks

    Buick is the brand name stamped on over 25 million cars in the USA. This car is the named after David Dunbar Buick, a Scot who immigrated to the U.S. in 1856. Buick started out as a plumber at age 15, and is credited with developing a method for bonding enamel to cast iron; a process responsible for our blue bathtubs and pink sinks. But David's passion was the internal combustion engine. In 1899, in the city of Detroit, he formed the Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company, manufacturer of gasoline engines. David also patented a carburetor and designed an automobile, but business debts and failed investments prevented him from realizing profits from his inventions. He died, impoverished, in 1929. But General Motors saluted his inventiveness in 1937 when it adopted the Buick name and family crest for its new line of cars. ,and the mighty US Navy –
    Founded by John Paul Jones, a Scotsman . Read about his exploits in any US history book.who cares if you boycott scotland we are a good honest contry with great values , well done the scottish goverment for showing humane values.

    August 24, 2009 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  251. Andres

    I do not think a person capible of such an evil crime should have been freed, Think about how any of you would feel if that had been your son, daughter, sister, brother or loved killed in such a act hate. With that said i dont believe the Scottish are to blame for the decsion of one man, and a boycott is not the way to go. Think of the impact that would have on their economy, people whould lose their jobs, families would go hungry over a choice they had nothing to do with, now how does more suffering make things right, Seriously this should a subject approached with rationality.

    August 24, 2009 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  252. Jim

    I say nuke Scotland! And then Libya. And then...

    August 24, 2009 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  253. bosunj

    Abject silliness. The poll, the outrage, the denials. Of course it was a deal for oil.

    August 24, 2009 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  254. John Paul Jones

    You hate Scots law for setting him free but loved it when it convicted him. Make up your mind!

    August 24, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  255. gurea

    That is rubbish!!! Will the rest of the world boycott the US products because they invaded Iraq? Or maybe because guantanamo? or maybe for other million reasons? How brainless do the americans have to go ? Ridiculous...

    August 24, 2009 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  256. Samuel

    Even if some people give up Scotch Whisky now in protest of the release it wont make any difference to Scotland in terms of job loss, for example. As we know Scotch Whisky needs at least 3 years, most of the time even longer to mature. So even if it gets boycotted now, how long will this take? Maybe a month, maybe a year? So the people who are producing the whisky now are producing it to be sold in 3 maybe 10, maybe 20 years. By that time all will be back to normal. Just a thought.

    Samuel, Vienna, Austria

    August 24, 2009 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  257. ross

    I wonder if the American resposible for the downing of the Iranian passenger jet would be the subject of such intense scrutiny?

    August 24, 2009 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  258. Ciaran

    Given the uncountable amount of atrocities America has commited against the world I think, if we're going to boycott any nations products, it should be Americas.

    August 24, 2009 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  259. George

    What some (all?) Americans don't seem to realise is that over here in these little islands there is a tradition of releasing criminals from their residences, like that Great Train Robber recently released on compassionate grounds. It's all to do with those human rights that Eleanor Roosevelt fought for so fervently. Trouble is one man's right is another man's wrong .............

    August 24, 2009 at 8:28 pm | Reply
  260. Andrew Atter

    Americans, please remember British soldiers, including Scottish regiments, are fighting and dying alongside Americans in Afghanistan. As a Brit, I do think the release on Megrahi was a terrible decision. But this decision was likely taken by a narrow minded local politician in order to emphasize Scottish independence, rather than any sinister plot to win oil contracts. I cannot believe Brown or Mandelson would jeopardize US relations so brazenly for the uncertain promise of Libyan oil contracts. MacAskill has not explained why compassion was needed or justified in this particular case. Are all terminally ill prisoners in Scotland released? Surely, mass murderers are not entitled to "compassion" and the onus is on MasAskill to explain why there was an overwhelming case for it here, rather than simply state that it was within the remit of Scottish law to allow it.

    August 24, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  261. Tom Mulroney

    I have already canceled the UK portion of my vacation in Europe next month. I won't spend one cent in the UK. (And no, I don't believe it was entirely a Scottish decision.) Unfortunately, I don't drink Scotch, so that's out anyway.

    August 24, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  262. Chris

    In short, this was not a decision of the Scottish people- that much is obvious. I think it wold be unfair to boycott their products when so many Scottish families (and indeed, people from the rest of Britain) are nothing short of livid at what happened with the release.

    August 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  263. Karin

    No, I don't drink whiskey and I haven't read the comments. What I want to say here is off topic, due to the lack of a better forum. So here goes:

    Did CNN really just mention the women's Euros? I have no words. Did hell just freeze over? Time to start watching World Sport. Just in case. Yay!

    August 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  264. CJ

    It's amazing how easily we forget.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubana_Flight_455

    If you are sentenced to life in jail it usually means your life ends while you are in jail. Maybe there's something we ordinary people are missing.

    August 24, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  265. MarcG

    I don't plan on giving up Scotch anytime soon....unless my liver calls for it. Just as much as I don't plan on calling "Scotch Tape", "Freedom Tape" anytime soon. I think this boycott will take off just as much as "Freedom Fries", in the boycott of the French.

    August 24, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  266. John Daly

    Can I just get this right?
    This Scottish Nation of mine that has contributed so much to the USA in terms of the Constitution, Presidents, the law, and people, and has contributed so much to the benefit of humanity in the world....
    This nation is now being pilloried by people because part of our law – that's our LAW, our constitution if you like – says that prisoners who are within 3 months of death should be released to die with their family around them...
    This means that people from the "Land of the Free" criticise us?
    Have I REALLY got this right?

    My, my, my.

    August 24, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  267. Big Billy Bawbag

    ah is juss a good ole boy from Hoorsville Alabama the germans who tolerate scotchland in the part of germany where it is should be ashamed

    scotchland should be kicked out of england and moved to belgium

    that will teach them limey redcoats

    yeah

    August 24, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  268. Proud American Dollar Grin

    True patriotic americans and texans will from now stop using the word Scotch because it will from now be called Freedom whisky instead.

    Real americans will also stop watch movies with Sean Connery. We will stop eat at McDonalds (sounds very scottish to me).

    The most important we will do is to hunt down all non real americans in US that have scottish ancestors. They will be taken to Guatanamo bay.

    August 24, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  269. Rima

    A.megrahi
    justice has sentenced a.megrahi for life long ,
    but god himself sentenced hih to death!
    for those who understand it should be a sign of divine wisdom and justice.
    is n`t it enough given satisfaction for families of pan Am victims and whomsoever!
    what matters now where he is gonna die:in prison or at home!
    the death is always all the same !

    August 24, 2009 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  270. Tom Mulroney

    "I am american and will be off to Edinburgh in 2 hours. I wish my own country was not so retarded. I hope some day to get an EU citizenship so I can leave for good and have healthcare and better wages."

    Good riddance, ReggieStar.

    August 24, 2009 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  271. Marian Nielsen

    Now that we know what happened, I think the most pragmatic thing the families of the victim's can do is to request for the case to be reopened / public inquiry since Al Megrahi's release is not going to bring back the dead and neither will he return to jail. Unfortunately, the two parties involved in the negotiations had different understandings and intent because of cultural differences.

    August 24, 2009 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  272. John

    I have to laugh at Mat...like a typical right wing loony tune if you don't agree with him then you are a liberal.

    Another classic example of the kind of small minded brainless thinking that comes out of the half truths the American Entertainment...oops, sorry...American Media industry purports to be news.

    Then again, what can you expect from a nation where a news story has to be less than 30 seconds or people will tune out.

    As for cozying up to Libya...lets not forget it was only last week that an American delegation (including Senators) visited Libya last week to help build ties and trade (including providing Military equipment) links and who praised Gaddafi for his leadership.

    August 24, 2009 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  273. David W

    I am Scottish and agree with the decision – most people are split here, but agree that it was made in accordance with Scots law which grants mercy to someone who is dying.

    Most Scots and Americans are good decent people with many historic links and connections, and that will remain despite political disagreements from time to time.

    BTW, the man has a good chance of being granted a posthumous pardon once he is dead, he was widely expected to be cleared on his upcoming appeal – doubtless that played a part in the decision.
    Many of the victims families here were convinced of his innocence.

    August 24, 2009 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  274. Civix

    I think we should all just shut up and stop tarnishing Megrahi's name than it already is.we dont know what really happened that day apart from the media telling us this and that! what happened to the Iranian plane that America blew up before? and what makes the Pan am plane so special? is it becous it was carrying stupid moslims and Pan Am was carrying special high class westerners? all the sudden we are hearing names that doesnt make sense .why Megrahi,why only him? this does not make sense!

    August 24, 2009 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  275. Civix

    so what he is going to die,who is not going to die in this world? nobody lives forever!

    August 24, 2009 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  276. Kenneth W. Ross

    I am a Scot by birth and ancestry. I am not a pacifist but an ex-RAF pilot who has served his country in action. I applaud the action of Mr. McAskill our Scottish Justice Minister in returning Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to Libya on compassionate grounds.

    It is understandable that many Americans who lost dear ones should feel horrified that the one they believe to be guilty of such a heinous crime is freed, but the fact that they have been led to believe that Megrahi is guilty does not mean that he is.

    I do not believe that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is guilty of the charge of which he was accused: a charge based on circumstantial evidence that ought to have been dismissed. How can the recognition by a witness be regarded as valid when that witness some days earlier was shown a photograph of the accused? Despite all the talk of there being a thorough investigation I believe it was flawed.

    How many Americans are aware that only five months before Pan Am Flight 103 came down at Lockerbie with the loss of 270 lives (mainly America), an American was responsible for ordering the shooting down of Iran Air Flight IR655 killing 290 innocent Iranians? Why is the American responsible for this atrocity not in an Iranian jail and our news bulletins full of screams of anger that the individual responsible is free? I believe that the killing by an American of these 290 Iranians is inextricably linked to the subsequent American deaths at Lockerbie, but this was a can of worms that for reasons of realpolitik the nations involved were happy to remain sealed. Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was a suitable “fall-guy”.

    But, even were this not so there are major cultural differences between European countries and the United States. Among civilians in Europe only criminals go around carrying guns. In virtually all the countries in Europe the Death Penalty is totally abolished while this remains in 37 States in the Union. We are different in the manner in which we view violence and believe there is such a thing as eventual forgiveness for the most heinous of crimes.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  277. Mitch

    July 3rd 1988 the USS Vincennes shot down a domestic Iranian airline killing 290 people, 66 of which were children. Three months later it returned to SanDiego to a hero's welcome.

    December 21st 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 blown up over Lockerbie killing 270 people, 11 of which were Scottish, in retaliation.

    August 16th 2002, Abu Nidal the real culprit, shot dead on the orders of Saddam Hussein.

    August 20th 2009 the Scottish Government show mercy to an innocent terminally ill man. Megrahi returned home to a hero's welcome.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  278. David

    Good to see some reasoned debate on here (I admit I've only read one page).

    For what it's worth, I think the SNP took the right decision, revenge doesn't work, sanctions only hurt the innocent and if we took an eye for an eye all the time, the whole world would be blind. Perhaps by showing compasion for a man convicted (in my view unsoundly) of the worst crime ever to take place in our land, we will set a standard for others to see there are other ways of dealing with things besides hitting out every time we get hit.

    Hate to be a bore but for anybody who is considering boycotting WHISKEY, I really don't know what Ireland has to do with this?! Unless of course you mean WHISKY, in which case I think if you plan to boycott something you can't even spell, your views are perhaps not the most educated.

    August 24, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  279. Libyan

    TO Bem and Raymundo
    Sirs
    Drink that all Scotch and urinate in your mom's mouth's
    ,
    and dont forget your Scottish american and UK Government okyyy
    all your Pollution Politicians "theCorrupt businessmen " are very

    Very cheap and easy to take ther Principles.. if ther ever have one!
    IT'S oil , gas and Economy Which is a MONEY.
    ALL YOUR PRINCIPLES AND HUMENRIGHT ARE
    JUST USED TOILET PAPER IT\S FULL OF SHIT
    bye

    August 24, 2009 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  280. shona

    Dear Americans, wishing you all success in your boycott. Scotland will be doing a boycott of her own, starting with your so called 'war on terror' you see we are rather tired of our troops coming home in body bags and then being expected to change our legal system because America says so, we are not your lapdogs. Troops out now. Why we ever agreed to support you in a war where you hold people without trial, torture people. have secret rendition flights and kill women and children in Iraq and Afganistan is unfortunatly not in our control. But please continue to show your true colours so that any few Scottish people who are unaware of the nature of your regime can see...doing us a favour. Thankyou.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  281. marco

    I will not boycott Scottish goods or the goods any country that countinues to fight side by side with us in wars that are protecting mainly US interests. If anything we should be buying Scottish goods to thank them and from our other allies that continue to stay by our side in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    August 24, 2009 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  282. William

    Boycott Scottish Products? Aye, I can just see all those americans boycotting their televisions, telephones, postage stamps, anaesthetics, Buick cars, fax machines, pneumatic tyres, refridgerators, or why not just go the whole hog and boycott the US Navy!

    August 24, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  283. Paul McDonald

    Please, Sean – keep your convictions, but spell Whisky correctly!

    August 25, 2009 at 12:11 am | Reply
  284. Jeremy in the U.S.

    What I find truly interesting in all of this is those on the side of Scotland wanting to bash the U.S. for the boycott, yet Americans are suppose to stay out of Scottish politics. The U.S. shouldn't be punishing people who had no control over what the Scottish government did. Hey, Scottish folk, read the article again. The U.S. government isn't calling for a boycott, it's some citizen of the U.S.. Talk about hypocrisy. Sheesh.

    And I concur AC from VA. We are the big, bad Americans.

    August 25, 2009 at 12:18 am | Reply
  285. Pete

    For the attention of anyone supporting a boycott, please consider the following:

    1. Scots and Scots Infantries make up a large portion of the UK armed forces. Many Scots have died in Afghanistan and Iraq fighting a war we followed the US into. Americans, please show a little gratitude to the Scottish people.

    2. How does a boycott against private industries and the people of Scotland have any bearing on the decision of a Scottish Government official, who made the decision without reference to the Scottish Parliament or the Scottish public. Such a boycott is petty and frankly childish. Will you consider boycotting Gasoline, with oil coming from Libya etc.? I thought not.

    3. The USA does not have the moral high-ground here. The US Government offered little support in the UK's fight against terrorism when the IRA and other terrorist groups were bombing and killing innocent British and Irish civilians and British soldiers. The USA also supported the release of convicted (and healthy) IRA and 'Loyalist' terrorists under the Good Friday agreement. One of the largest sources of IRA funding came from Irish-Americans through NORAID.

    4. Megrahi's original conviction was, to be frank, a complete miscarriage of justice. The UN Observer at the trial, Dr. Hans Kochler said so. The families of many of the British victims of the bombing have said so. Vast numbers of independent and impartial lawyers have said so. Megrahi should never have been in prison in the first place. There is evidence that the CIA paid the chief prosecution witness to testify. The CIA also withheld evidence from the defence.

    On the dropping of Megrahi's appeal, the UK Government immediately classified the documents which had been due to be heard as evidence as State Secret. The families of the victims are not being denied justice by releasing Megrahi, they are being denied justice by the failure of the UK and US governments and intelligence agencies in pursuing the real perpetrators.

    August 25, 2009 at 12:20 am | Reply
  286. PL

    I guess the neverending quest for vengeance on the part of some people goes unabated – if they are not satisfied with the blood of the guilty Megrahi, then they will try to satisfy themselves with the toil of innocent scots. This coming from a country that calls itself a Christian nation.
    Megrahi is a murderer, but every person calling for his death also possesses his mind set. Many Scots died in Lockerbie as well, however they have found the capacity for forgiveness, yet there are some that feel they should be punished for it. That's what it boils down to – punishing a people for their compassion.

    August 25, 2009 at 12:32 am | Reply
  287. I'm from the USA

    Pardon me for being dense, but just how will a boycott of Scotland fix this situation? The average Scot had no hand in releasing Megrahi and allowing him to be repatriated. So why should the average Scot be penalized because some government official made this decision?

    From my perspective, Scotland's getting rid of Megrahi was probably a good thing. Y'all won't have to pay for his medical bills as the cancer slowly consumes him, and you won't have to put up with a bunch of stinking Islamics demanding that his sorry remains be handled in a certain fashion upon his death so as to please Allah. Everyone in Scotland should be saying "Good riddance!"

    August 25, 2009 at 1:02 am | Reply
  288. Martha Sim, Rio de Janeiro

    I am granddaughter of Scottish, but I am Brazilian enough to know how much of a boycott is unfair exclusion.
    It is very cruel to punish a people for the mistake committed by his government.

    August 25, 2009 at 3:25 am | Reply
  289. Arthur Chestnut

    The carnage of the last World War should have taught the world that if we
    don't learn to live in peace we will surely die in conflict. This domineering and aggressive behavior which promoted survival during
    the Stone age is inappropriate and risk human survival in the present
    nuclear world. We must promote freedom and justice with
    tolerance. I think the release was a legal mistake but I hope those
    that drink don't start boycotting.

    August 25, 2009 at 3:26 am | Reply
  290. a scot in asia

    Demand for Scotch, especially rare single malts, is going through the roof globally directly due to high-end Asian demand. Rich Indians are nuts about whisky, as are the Japanese of course... then there's the ultra top-end of the Chinese market that has a habit of taking world class products – like Scotch – to the next level. CHINESE DOMESTIC DEMAND super cycle only in its early stages. Scottish famous whisky distilleries are cranking up connections in mainland China and in some cases planning to release even rarer and more expensive malts. "Glenfiddich 50-Year $16,000 Scotch Released" a recent headline in the whisky market... target customers: Asian top-end. So some bitter Americans stop drinking lower/mid-tier malts? The super expensive stuff will still sell by the way, passionate whisky lovers care more about their malts than some nonsense Scottish smear campaign. Also any American consumer reaction won't stop Asian demand. The Scottish whisky industry has a fantastic future in the world of globalisation. Mr. average American consumer can't stop this even if he wants to.

    August 25, 2009 at 3:36 am | Reply
  291. A Scot in Japan

    The naivety and childeshness of Americans never ceases to amaze me. The only opinion that is allowed is theirs or they start boycotting your products. Boycotting Whisky and renaming French Fries. I read on some blog earlier that such compassion can only come from a country and justice system that is mature and confident in itself. Such stupid suggestions at a political judgement from the US explains exactly why this supposed "Christian/ secular" country (depending on what question is posed), with no shortage of Christian extremists overwhelmingly supports the death penalty and is completely against any sort of compassion in its or other people justice system. The irony being the US administration was all for the release of IRA terrorists, is quite happy to torture people and from what we have learned today, threaten to kill children in order to secure a confession. There is no question in my mind what country I'd rather be from. Maybe the rest of the world should start boycotting the US and their puppet government in Westminster.

    August 25, 2009 at 4:42 am | Reply
  292. A Scot in Japan

    Just to be a little more ridiculous, why don't the American's boycott all things Scottish, TV, Telephone, Penicillin and other Scottish inventions. Or boycott immaturity, now there's a good suggestion

    August 25, 2009 at 4:51 am | Reply
  293. Frank Page

    Enter "My Lai, Massacre" into Google. Read and learn how the US Army treats foreign civilians they are supposed to be protecting! This is probably the tip of the iceberg!

    August 25, 2009 at 6:41 am | Reply
  294. Neil Campbell

    If anyone believes there is a problem with a terminally ill prisoner being allowed out of jail to spend the last 3 or less months with their family thats fine, What folk shold realise is that this law has existed in Scottish law since 1993 and has been implemented (I think) 27 times previous to this. If there is a problem, the problem exists with the law itself and not with the man who had to implement it or the party he represents. This law was brought in under a labour government who are the loudest bunch of hypocrites making the most noise about this affair. The prisoner has to make an application for compassionate leave, which he did, this has to be approved by the parole board and they must recommend his release, which they did. doctors must then confirm that the prisoner has three months or less to live, which they did. Kenny MacAskill was simply following the process of Scots law. To have made any other decision would have been to ignore our own laws and bow to another countries will which would have been shameful. Americans should also remember that it was not only Americans who were the victims of this attack, there were many other Nationalities on board that plane and it also crashed into a Scottish town kiilling 11 people on the ground, so to think this decision was taken to snub americans is ridiculous.

    August 25, 2009 at 8:00 am | Reply
  295. Charlie

    What AC form VA states concerning aide is factually incorrect if you take it on a per person basis. Just because America is big the total is big. Scottish people are truly amongst the top per capita contributors of aid as compassion is truly part of their character.
    People from other developed countries do not go to America for healthcare, freedom or prosperity. (education maybe but it is overpriced compared to the great universities of Europe). To-day people (including Americans) go to China for prosperity, India and Thailand for Healthcare and almost any first world country but America to be free from drugs, gun violance and government surveilance. America is in the sad decline of all great empires of history. Blinded by arrogance and pride of it's (long gone) history , but still supported by its military muscle. In short a big and very dangerous bully. Obama is a great hope but I fear that the weight of decay is just too great. He has not done well in his repsonse to this affair.

    August 25, 2009 at 9:19 am | Reply
  296. dingo

    DEAR AMERICA, WE MUST BE ONE OF THE FEW FRIENDS YOU HAVE LEFT APART FROM OTHER WAR MONGERING COUNTRIES LIKE ENGLAND . SO JUST FORGET ABOUT BOYCOTTING BONNIE SCOTLAND!

    August 25, 2009 at 9:29 am | Reply
  297. Michael from Glasgow Scotland

    Why dont you give up everything that originated from Scotland??
    Heres a list so you can tick them off. I'm sure the USA would do well without these Scottish inventions.

    1. The Telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell 1876
    2. The Television John Logie Baird in 1922
    3. Golf – 15th Century
    4. Penicillin – Sir Alexander Fleming 1928
    5. Refrigerators- James Harrison 1851
    6. The Kelvin scale of temperature -Lord Kelvin (William Thomson)
    7. Fax Machines-Invented by a blacksmith in Dumfries 1900s
    8. Anaesthetics- James Simpson, an Edinburgh physician 1900s
    9. Radar Defense System- Physicist, Sir Robert Watson-Watt
    10. Whisky

    Theres alot more things that were invented in my wonderful country that you could look up and add to your list.

    I would just like to thank the USA on behalf of Scotland for all the wonderful stuff you have given us from Coca Cola to Mcdonalds to the Atom Bomb.

    Thankyou.

    August 25, 2009 at 9:33 am | Reply
  298. Rupert

    We all know America is Blood Thirsty, right wing thinking looking for a fight, it has done a lot of damage to it's self on the world stage. The one good thing America is best is AID to any country....but it must build bridges i.e. Cuba. America must let go of the past. One of the reasons Britton is in War in Afghanistan and Iraq because of America so to put a BAN on Scottish products does not justify any sense. America should be rather be conserned about bad polluters to the world environment?

    August 25, 2009 at 9:42 am | Reply
  299. monte

    My wife and I are going to Scotland in October for the sixth time in a month and a half. I went out and bought a bottle of Lagavulin yesterday just to show support for the Scottish people.

    August 25, 2009 at 10:42 am | Reply
  300. Ted Rubin

    This some kind of joke?
    Why doesn't the American Government grow up.
    They dream that boycotting scotch is going to do the trick regarding the Lockerbie bomber?
    Well, they have another thought coming.
    First they should learn how to appreciate good authentic scotch and then stop pointing their dirty finger at other counties' mishaps.

    August 25, 2009 at 10:50 am | Reply
  301. rao

    I do not agree with the decision to release Megrahi nor do I agree with the move to boycott Scottish products. The Americans seem to think they can control world affairs by talking down and bullying others. Why did the FBI Director have to publicly berate the Scottish Law Minister? Do the Yanks forget what they have done elsewhere? What about the innocent Iranian lives lost when a passenger plane was shot down by an American navy ship in the Gulf some years ago. I did not hear about any compensation let alone punishment for the sailors involved.

    August 25, 2009 at 11:11 am | Reply
  302. jaymo the bro

    boycotting scotch wouldn't really have an effect on the decision or the judge that made it, who cares if they let him go home hes gonna die in a few months anyway his life is already over.
    and i would never give up scotch
    im too much of a bro
    bourbon and Irish whiskey is alright but nothing is as classy as scotch

    August 25, 2009 at 11:13 am | Reply
  303. Augustine

    I am shocked by the Scotland Government's behavior. On one hand the Scottish feels they are friends of America, they are one of us and on another they share no values with us. Their compassionate grounds are so important that they don't bother to wait and evaluate that their actions are harmful to their friends. People have died, 250 of them Americans how many Scottish were there. Who should be compassionate and to whom should one be compassionate? So much of compassion for the murderer no compassion for the innocents who have died. This is utter insanity
    Why should we not stop drinking Scotch when they don't even care to consult us in being compassionate to a terrorist who killed 250 of us.
    I don't know about others I will feel always hurt whenever I will have a Scotch not relieved not relaxed. This Scotch comes from the people who feels compassionate towards a terrorist who killed 250 of us without remorse, without regret. Then we have the British Prime Minister who just doesn't care to comment. Have they forgotten we kicked them out of here and we can kick them out of England too?

    August 25, 2009 at 11:45 am | Reply
  304. Augustine

    I feel Scottish think that they can exist in this world without America. There are lot of Scots amongst us and we are very proud of it. But that
    doesn't mean we are proud of the Scottish policies. Some of the Scots are themselves asking us to Boycott their products but do they ever have any regrets for the Americans who have died. What was their fault? There are certainly many Scottish Americans in that too. Shame on you the non American Scots for being so callous and lacking heart for the innocents that died. I am disturbed so I will have Californian Wine, Australian Wine, French Wine but sorry no Scotch.

    August 25, 2009 at 11:51 am | Reply
  305. Ross

    Sara August 24th, 2009 1650 GMT

    At least Americans are trying to do something to stop terrorism in the world. How are you helping over there in Scotland? It’s not wrong to boycott products. Sometimes you just have to hit people in the pocketbook. Apparently, oil was such a big draw in this scenario. Fine, but don’t expect my dollars to support Scotland.
    ------------------------
    The above comment sums up some of the extremely ignorant people commenting on issues they know nothing about, Scotland have troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in this so called "War Against Terror", in fact a large proportion of the UK forces are Scottish, many of which have been blown apart serving their country. I have personal friends fighting in the armed forces, one of which was seriously injured in Afghanistan in a bomb blast and to hear comments such as Scotland is doing nothing is nothing short of disgraceful. Go back to your little bubble, you obviously dont have the intellect to comment on international debate

    August 25, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  306. Proud scot

    I am dismayed by the overreaction to this story. Yet when I see the media frenzy surrounding the release and the perpetuation of lies and guesses I am less surprised by the ill-informed views.
    Release of prisoners serving a life sentence, on compassionate grounds is a legal process in Scottish law.Fact. This is not a unique case.Fact.
    Of course everyone feels compassion for the victims families (and don't forget, some of them were Scottish) but justice, particularly in a morally enlightened country like Scotland, is NOT about vengeance, nor should it ever be.
    Showing compassion to someone who has comitted a terrible crime, shows the highest level of moral backbone. Its called leading by example. Well done Mr Macaskill. Well done Scotland.

    August 25, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  307. Loki

    Why do Americans think that their mighty dollar makes much difference nowadays?

    The US economy is in freefall and the US has a LOT more to lose in any boycott circumstances than Scotland – both financially and in the likes of Afghanistan where most of the soldiers from the UK are Scottish. Boycotts can be a two-way street.

    So the US stops buying our whisky (note the correct spelling!) – a small dent in the huge export.

    What Libya has actually managed to do though is thrust a wedge in the middle of a pair of allies where relationships were extremely fragile anyway.

    The very fact that the US actively supported terrorism through NORAID shows the hypocrisy that is endemic through the entire country.

    August 25, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  308. Loki

    Have you seen the Boycott Scotland website? Must be some retarded loser that set that up.

    August 25, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  309. Hugh Jarse

    How can a country that let the only man convicted of the mass murders at My Lai during the Vietnam war serve only a three year sentence under house arrest possibly have the brass neck to criticise us for allowing a terminally ill patsy to go home and die is beyond me.
    That hypocrite Senator Kennedy criticises us, yet he was the man who helped broker the release of hundreds of Irish Republican prisoners with blood on their hands, yet he chooses to get his knickers in a twist about this? Get real, all you good ol boy rednecks that have reacted to this in your so predictable and tired way should wake up and smell the coffee, youre being played!

    August 25, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  310. BillB

    I'm astonished by how long this page has become from all the opinions posted here. We can sum it up as follows: It was a bonehead move to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi. It is equally boneheaded to call for a boycott against Scotland because of a boneheaded decision by a politician.

    I'm dismayed that some of my fellow Americans feel the general population of Scotland should be punished over this. The average Scot wasn't consulted by Mr. McAskill before Al Megrahi was released, so why would it be their fault? What a bunch of immature yahoos!

    August 25, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  311. alex

    American talking about compasion, morality, integrity and such nice behavours.. ha ha ha, that is funny!!!... I wonder if you see what your past government has made... isn't it terrorism to murder thousands of civilians in Iraq and Afganistan? isn't it terrorism all the acts you made in the past and present in South America? and the list is so long that I cannot type it all here... you say "bring them democracy!" DON'T MAKE ME LAUGH... beyond all your terrorism acts there is a economical interest, so don't speak now about morality!!!!!
    I am European, and I really think that you, the US, have the most hypocrite society on the planet...
    Of course, I am beside the victim's families, all my support for them. From any country.

    August 25, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  312. Willie the Groundskeeper

    I'm already boycotting American Cheese. It could be a dangerous thing to do though considering the Pepsico Chilean debacle in the 1970s. It was ashame the CIA inspired Chilean Coup d'état resulted in the mass murder of so many innocent folk simply because they were encouraged to stop drinking the American Soda pop by their Government.

    August 25, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  313. Scotsman

    If the US boycott Scottish goods then we'll reciprocate by boycotting useless cars, obese retards, McDonalds shit and the Disney concentration camps.

    Thank God I'll not have to put up with "Oh gee – I'm 1/10000th Scottish too! Do you know Angus McScotsman?"

    The streets of Edinburgh will be mercifully free from obese tartan wearing loudmouths.

    So yes – please do boycott Scotland.

    And while you're at it, we'll boycott our soldiers from helping the US protect their oil interests throughout the world.

    Good luck with that one.

    August 25, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  314. Alec Wood

    So what say you Americans to those of us Scots fighting alongside you in what is largely your war?

    August 25, 2009 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  315. John

    While I do not agree with the release of the bomber, the media in America, particularly CNN and FOX News are guilty of staggeringly shallow and emotional reporting with many of the basic facts simply ignored. The assumption without real evidence that the Scottish government and British government colluded in a deal is ridiculous once the political landscape is properly understood. The SNP and Labour HATE each other. Each would like to see the other fall. Neither would risk giving the other party such political ammunition. But I guess these facts are too subtle for headlines. I can't help feeling this reflects an arrogant superiority complex in America- –of course the Scots and Brits are corrupt-they're foreigners!!

    August 25, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  316. DD

    Customary knee jerk protectionism, whats next?
    It was a just humanitarian decision from a civilized society which I hope gives the right message for the future.
    An "eye for and eye" just does not cut it.

    August 25, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  317. Scots Wha Hae

    I like America and in the main it's Peoples, so I wouldn't Boycott America or it's Peoples t because of the illegal actions of the CIA!

    August 25, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  318. AJ

    I commend Scotland's decision to release this man on compassionate grounds. I think that there needs to be more compassion in the world, and not less, and that if we expect the future to be different from the past, then we need to be the agents for the change we want to see. I think that post-9/11 if America had demonstrated more compassion and less hateful vengence, which has resulted in many more innocent civilians being killed than had died in the attacks of 9/11, then the world would be a better and safer place for it. This from a veteran of the United States military who left service after ten years because she was disgusted with the direction her country has decided to trod down. We could all learn something from Scotland's example. Peace.

    August 25, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  319. JaneDee

    As the judge said "This was my decision and my decision alone". Why would you want to punish the whole country?

    August 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  320. Edvaldo

    Olá eu quero muito aprender Engles mas não tenho oportunidade as vezes fico só nuns poucos livros que tenho e são muitos pobres em assuntos ingles. Então resolvi entrar no site a CNN e ver que pode me ajudar a aprender ingles fluiente.

    August 25, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  321. Don B.

    What a congenitally stupid question. That's right up there with calling french fries "freedom fries." Really, don't we have more important things to discuss in the media...? Apparently not...

    August 25, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  322. Edvaldo

    Hello, My name is Edvaldo.
    I am here to visit that page of the web of CNN because I am very curious and I want a lot to learn English. My largest dream is to learn English. I hear music but I don't understand anything, I see page of the web in the internet but I don't get to know anything, I am only going passing over everything. This text that I posted here was typed in a program that translating everything for me, it was as soon as arrived here with many fights.
    If somebody wants and I can help myself to understand English am the disposition, because I intend a lot to learn that language that is spoken of the world. I have some books but they don't teach a lot of things, badly the verb to be and it is not everything is only a part.

    Respectfully
    Edvaldo

    August 25, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  323. Scott Scottingham

    I love a parade, and will forever ponder pink whispers of night.

    August 25, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  324. Bill

    Boycotting scotch is just silly.

    Of course, I could say worse things about the notion that sending a convicted terrorist home to die with his family in his native country (an opportunity he denied 270 people) is merciful. Merciful was not killing the man outright. This is just...cynical? Blatantly self-serving? Naive?

    Equally ludicrous is the notion of some sort of moral equivalency between a terrorist intentionally murdering 270 people via explosive device and a uniformed soldier accidentally killing an innocent civilian. For the slow-witted, the main difference is the intent to cause harm to innocents.

    August 25, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  325. Dave

    American families of the victims of Lockerbie should inform themselves of the facts. There was vital evidence that was withheld from the original trial that was available at the time. For example the fact that there was a break-in at the baggage handling warehouse in London. It seem likely to me that this release was to prevent Magrahi from being aquited on appeal. In short there is serious doubt as to whether he was guilty.

    Shortly before Lockerbie Amercan planes bombed Libya and killed 100 people. Also an American warship shot down an Iranian airliner killing 290 people. The commander of the ship was given an order of merit by Reagan. Just because acts of terrorism are carried out by armed forces in nice neat uniforms does not make them any less abhorent.

    Regarding Irish Whiskey versus Scotch Whisky; most people are not comparing like with like. Scotland produces large quantities of blended whiskies which are cheap and rough, mainly consisting of alcohol produced from grain. Most Irish Whiskeys available internationally are malts and when compared to Scotch malts do not measure up.

    August 25, 2009 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  326. Art

    Yep, I shall give up Scotch Whiskey, and Waterford crystal, and anything else even remotely related to Scotland. No wonder the Vikings pushed you Scots to an island. STAY THERE!

    August 25, 2009 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  327. James neco

    Bleeding Americans!! Boycott the Federal Government not the people.

    August 25, 2009 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  328. Beatrice

    Boycott Scotland? How childish!

    When the war in Irak started I had been living in the US for 12 years. I was born in France and suddenly I felt anger towards me because of my nationality. At the time I thought "waow! how childish, I felt I was in Junior High". I remember on CNN, talks about boycotting mustard... (I was thinking about calling Chirac and ask him to take the Statue of Liberty back!)

    I went through criticism before the war and I thought it was fair knowing the relations between France and the US are not always easy, but this time deep anger was added to the table and it was difficult form me at the time. After all I wasn't responsible for the decision was taken at the time.
    My manager was listening a conservative talk radio before coming to work and I couldn't believe what was said and what she was telling me!

    Dear Scottish people, hang in there it will pass...

    The all story is sad but there is not need to insult Scottish people. I am sure a lot of them must as angry also at their government.

    August 25, 2009 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  329. Joseph

    Well, once again we are seing that the world not longer respect USA, it is so sad, we have saved scottish ass on WWII. Thanks to Americans they are not speaking german today.
    I guess we should show the world that we still USA and every time somebody attack us we must go and retaliate without asking those that say are our allies. Is time to wake up and realize thet we are alone on this fight.

    August 25, 2009 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  330. dani

    It would be real tuff to give up scotch but…. but….. I guess I could .
    What other product does scotland export ? Lets seeee……
    “canned Hagis”

    http://www.funtwiter.com/

    August 25, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  331. Kay Jessica

    Some would claim that the reason for Gulf war 1 and Gulf war 2 was all about Oil. Some would claim that if Bush and his entourage had their way that Iran was next.

    Trade deals are always happening. They get negotiated on the backs of diplomacy. The Bush administration did loads with the emerging Iraqi administration on rebuilding Iraq using US services and supplying cheap oil to the West. Deals were struck between Burmese and the US to release that idiot John Yettaw who managed to get Aung Sang Suu Kyi banged up for another 18 months. John’s alright he is now home. But Aung is still subject to house arrest. But he was a card on the table for a better deal for the Burmese military regime. Just like Megrhi was a card on the table of Libyan diplomacy.

    The British government did not and could not intervene in the decisions made pertaining to Scottish law regardless of what deals were negotiated. The Scottish Judicial system is "a law unto them selves" and even the UK parliament has had to put up with decisions that it did not like. Scottish powers are ancient and constitutional. Based on history that predates the formation of the United States, and is forged from a legacy of being "underdogs" to the English. What independence Scottish institutions have and can gain are cherished dearly and are not given up to influences contrary to those Scottish laws that they are founded on. Scottish law gives any serving inmate the right to be released on compassionate grounds if that inmate is terminally ill and is expected to die within months. What you all are failing to realise here is that you words and expectations are contrary to your own bill of rights. This bill of rights is so often quoted by so many as being sacrosanct. It allows you to bear arms, and no matter how many schools children get slaughtered because Johny goes on the rampage with Daddies AK47 he took of a dead Iraqi. You defend that right to your last breaths. You defend your right to freedom of speech and by god don't you just use it to drown out the words of people you disagree with, because it’s enshrined in the bill of rights. It's your rights and you should defend then. So give other nations, especially ones that predate your infant system by hundreds of years the curtsy of upholding their own laws and rights. You should be defending the Scottish judiciary for upholding that mans rights, even if it is distasteful, because those rights were within the law of Scotland, a democratic nation. You can not pick and choose what rights you uphold and those that you discard. Though, America has routinely disregarded the rights of many because they got in the way. Captain William C. Rogers III denied the rights of 290 Iranian citizens, innocent non combatant men women and children, to life on Sunday 3 July 1988. OK Megrahi, if indeed he is guilty (there is still considerable doubt about that) denied the right of life to 270 passengers on flight 103. That does not mean that we (you) have to stoop so low as to deny him or anyone else their rights (rights enshrined in your constitution and those of other nations aka Scotland). The Regan administration were quick to pronounce that the Rogers was excursing his right to self defense. The record now shows that the Regan administration lied. You have the right to defend your selves and your property by force if either is compromised. Well as did the Iranians on Sunday 3 July 1988. All three US warships were inside Iranian territorial waters. The spat going on between Iranian gun boats and those vessels was illegal under international law on the part of the US. By your own standards the Iranians were just defending their property from an aggressor. Rogers gun ho response was ill thought out and fully a tune to his irrational and reckless manner as reported by John Barry and Roger Charles of Newsweek, They wrote that Captain William C. Rogers III acted recklessly and without due care in their 13 July 1992 article. They also accused the U.S. government of a cover-up which Admiral Crowe denied. Which is funny because in the transcript of the Nightline broadcast on the 1st July and subsequent dates has Ted Koppel (ABC News) http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jksonc/docs/ir655-nightline-19920701.html demonstrating quite clearly that there was not only a cover up but that prominent individuals had lied about the whole incident. Including Admiral Crowe and Rogers, this is an extract:

    Ted Koppel. For several months now, ABC News Nightline and Newsweek magazine have been investigating just that question.
    Where was the Vincennes at the time of the shootdown?
    And why would the entire executive branch of government, from the President on down, become involved in a cover-up concerning the location of that ship?
    Until a couple of weeks ago, locating the Vincennes in international waters was a position stoutly defended by Admiral William Crowe, who was then chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
    Ted Koppel (interviewing). But if I were to ask you today, was the Vincennes in international waters at the time that she shot down the Airbus—
    William J. Crowe Jr. Yes, she was.
    Ted Koppel. In international waters?
    William J. Crowe Jr. No, no, no.
    She was in Iran’s territorial waters.
    Ted Koppel. Let me ask you again.
    Where was the Vincennes at the time that she shot down the Airbus?
    William J. Crowe Jr. She was in Iran territorial waters.
    John Barry (Newsweek correspondent). The first and most basic thing that they covered up was where the Vincennes was when the whole thing happened.
    And that cover-up starts with the very first chart that was ever produced of the event.
    And if you look at that chart, what you see is that there was a large and imposing silhouette of the Vincennes, and that’s not where the Vincennes was.
    If you then look a little higher up the chart, you can see that there’s a tiny brown mark, it’ll be a little bit like a launch, which says, I think, “encounter with gunboats.”
    That’s where the Vincennes was.
    But you’re invited to believe by the chart that it’s where the gunboats were.
    Not so.
    Ted Koppel (voice-over).
    The Iranian gunboats on that particular day — during their gun battles with the Vincennes the Montgomery and the helicopter from the Vincennes — the Iranian gunboats, during the actual shooting, were in Iranian territorial waters.
    Through the Freedom of Information Act, we obtained the testimony of the Vincennes’ own navigator, that his ship had crossed into Iranian waters before she opened fire on the gunboats.
    Quote:
    “I relayed down to the Tactical Action Officer at some point — I’m not sure if it was when we crossed the 12-nautical-mile limit or not — that we are now inside the 12-nautical-mile point.
    I did that a couple of times later on, also to let him know that we were still within Iranian territorial waters.”
    End quote.

    So the Iranians were only defending the homeland a right that you have enshrined in your constitution. The Airbus was on a scheduled flight on a predefined regular flight path, climbing to altitude at a speed of 350 odd knots some what slower that stated by Rogers and certainly not achievable by an Airbus except as it plummeted to the sea below. Flight 103 may or may not have been blown up by the Iranians via Megrahi, but having already declare open season on commercial airliners full of innocent people the US practically invited the PAN AM incident themselves.

    This whole sordid affair in not about Megrahi release (well perhaps it is to those who are incapable of thinking for themselves), its about the perpetuation of a myth that the good ole US of A is gods gift to mankind and that they are right all of the time, now and for ever more. Well you are wrong. I challenge you to open the secret files, the full transcripts of the radio traffic that day. Lets see the full CIA report of the Abu Grad torture cells, lets see the and hear the true about Extraordinary rendition and the kidnapping of often innocent people to Guantánamo, and lets us see unedited the CIA report on abuse and torture to be partially published next week.

    August 25, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  332. Mr.Graeme.G.M.Gillon

    I was born in Glasgow City, the year Lockerbie happened, my city was the city were al-Megrahi was appeared in high court at one time. We take pride in our three verdict system, our laws and our jurisprudence.

    I do not believe he was the only one responsible, yet i dont believe he was not responsible, he was maybe not the mastermind but he was guilty all be it a fall guy for Libya.

    I am ashamed off his realise, as a Scots man I appalled any boycott America place on my toy and puppet parliament in Edinburgh.

    They have made a joke out of Scottish legal integrity and out of our country. Its a sad day for Scotland and I hope the world can forgive us.

    There was nothing wrong with having his family over to visit him in his cell before he died, but to let him go home and spend time with them ? His victims never had that chance with there families.

    mercy and justice go together you cant favorites.

    August 25, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  333. Scottie, Glasgow

    It amazes me that here is all this debate about one terminally ill terrorist.

    Americans should realise that for 30 years, some Americans of Irish decent were funding a terrorist organisation called the IRA.

    These terrorists were using these American dollars to get training & to buy guns & bomb making equipment from.... LIBYA!

    After Lockerbie, America's attitude to terrorism changed, but still didn't stop them negotiating peace in Ireland, that included the release of HUNDREDS of convicted terrorists, in exchange for decommissioning of weapons.

    None of the terrorists released were dieing from an incurable disease! They were let out with no record of their crimes either.

    Please remember the 3,526 people who died as a result of the troubles in Ireland alone, never mind those on the British mainland & America's part in the funding & eventual release of these terrorists, before criticising another country.

    August 25, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  334. Thursday Child

    Lockerbie bombing was allegedly a response to the shooting down of an Iranian civilian airliner (IR655) by the United States Navy on July 3, 1988. At the time of the attack, IR655 was within Iranian airspace. I personally think that Libya wouldn't do Iran the "favour" of bombing an American airliner in retaliation, but that's a different discussion...

    The question is why the US government never charged and punished those responsible for the shoot-down of the Iranian airliner.

    Also, the evidence against mr. Al Megrahi were too weak to lead to a conviction. He may or may not have been guilty, in other words he may have been an innocent man. Have we forgotten the case of the "Guildford Four"?

    August 25, 2009 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  335. Paul Cook

    Wow.

    This is Scotland and America for goodness sake

    If this boycott is to go ahead, perhaps the families of the American victims should be asked if they want a boycott, against the families of the Scottish victims of this crime.

    After all, the boycott will affect all Scots, not just the government. Even if they did not agree to this man being released.

    And perhaps ask the American troops, who are fighting alongside Scottish / Brittish soldiers, if they want these guys to be removed from action, further alienating the American forces from the rest of the world.

    To suggest that Scotland does not care about the victims because of one ministers decision is outrageous.

    A lot of Scots would quite easily have been pleased if Mr MacAskill got the sack.

    But because of what some people may say, is bullying. by some, it is more likely people will back Mr MacAskil, otherwise it would appear that he had to go, not because of the judgement of the Scottish people. but because the people are scared of threats or a boycott.

    This should stop now.

    August 25, 2009 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  336. Colin Duff

    I am so proud to be Scottish right now. Our justice system stood up to political pressure and stuck to the morals on which it was founded. You say he showed no compassion to his victims – that's right. So why should we show such compassion? Simple, we are bigger and better than petty terrorists and we have just proven that with this decision. The way to deal with terrorism is certainly not to stoop to their level, responding with torture etc. If only everyone had the same attitude as the SNP, we would all live in a better world. Well done Scotland – Bring on Independance!

    August 25, 2009 at 10:02 pm | Reply
  337. kevin madhatter

    Im English and so by nature don't find it easy to defend the Scotish... but right or wrong, it was a scotish law matter, not American... As for all this anti-Scot, anti-British talk... just don't forget that almost every day, British & Scotish troop die in your so called war on terror... just how many American troops died in our war against IRA terrorists?? so call a trade war, and maybe we should return our troops back home, as their sacrifice obviously has no thanks from you. We are the only real ally you have, the only one willing to pay in blood.. so by all means turn against us, just because, just for once we stood up against your bullyboy hypocritical politician... We always have the Commonwealth and Europe to fall back on.. you have no real other friends... so bring it on..

    August 25, 2009 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  338. McEwan

    My malt is more matured than the flawed US reasoning on this issue. The Scots have made a very brave decision and I admire them for this.

    August 25, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Reply
  339. Alba

    Sara August 24th, 2009 1650 GMT

    "At least Americans are trying to do something to stop terrorism in the world. How are you helping over there in Scotland? It’s not wrong to boycott products. Sometimes you just have to hit people in the pocketbook. Apparently, oil was such a big draw in this scenario. Fine, but don’t expect my dollars to support Scotland."

    One of the most offensive comments I have ever seen in any forum anywhere in the world. Ignorant of history, ignorant of current affairs ( Scots troops in Afghanistan etc) and I didn't notice many Scots running away when bombers targetted Glasgow airport. Not sure about the release either but then again victims families shouldn't have accepted "blood money" either. Boycott whisky (and learn to spell) if you wish – just why does Scotland need Libyan oil again?

    August 25, 2009 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  340. andy

    how many people are killed by americans everywhere?
    and if once peopleof the world would be clever enough for boycotting and collecting all dollars and would send them back to US for real JUSTICE!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  341. anonymous

    What an absurd notion. Sounds like the childish "freedom fries" campaign. Can anyone have a civilized discussion these days? Let's boycott nationalist hysteria.

    August 26, 2009 at 12:37 am | Reply
  342. Baw Bag

    Good evening America,

    After a controversial decision such as the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, you come up with a poll regarding boycotting whisky?

    Get a grip!

    August 26, 2009 at 4:29 am | Reply
  343. Willy P

    I like the USA and its people! Apart from the destruction of the Indian civilization and their meddling in, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Africa,South America etc etc, not to mention all the cockups, murders and attrocitities committed by the US Army and theCIA I have nothing against the USA. Oh i forgot I can't stand their crappy, film industry, Disneyland and McDonalds and their gun culture!
    Go ahead and ban Scottish Whiskey if you need to vent your anger. I'm sure new markets for it will be found elsewhere such as China etc so no harm done to anyone. Let us all know when you are all finished with your childish tantrums, big brother Sam! Hope you grow up soon. Oh and one last thing! When you next invade a weaker country. please can you finish the job properly before you decide to pull out your troops. Many thanks!. Remember we still al love and respect you!

    August 26, 2009 at 5:20 am | Reply
  344. GS

    LOL: a reviewer below mentioned what if somebody boycotted American goods...
    What american goods are you talking about??? Sour cream?

    yeah, like the scottish economy will hurt if you stop buying their whisky, it'll just be more for them to drink!

    August 26, 2009 at 5:57 am | Reply
  345. CrazyColin

    First of all, I believe this man should've remained in jail until his dying day. However, the rule of Law under Scot's Law was followed to the letter, hence his release.
    Second of all, my heart goes out to the victims and the families of ALL those who have been killed, maimed, etc, by ALL terrorists. The US & UK Governments have BOTH contributed to the early release of convicted Provisional IRA and Loyalist Paramilitary prisoners since the Good Friday Agreement was signed. What about their victims and their families? What justice have they seen? I was born in N.Ireland, and live in Scotland. And understand we ALL have to move on. But, certain USA Officials and politicians, should keep there noses out of UK affairs. After all, THEY didn't stop some of THEIR Citizens from sending money to "the boys" for "their cause".

    To put a few things right. A comment made by Baw bag, was that Scotland should leave England & be moved to Belgium. Scotland is NOT in England. Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain ( Scotland, England, Wales) & Northern Ireland. Scotland is a Soverign State, just as England is.The part of Ireland that everyone seems to refer to as Ireland these days is actually The Republic of Ireland or Eire. Ireland is 2 countries, NI & Eire.

    Further, citizens of all 4 UK countries ( and many from Eire) are serving shoulder to shoulder with our US cousins. All brave together. So, why boycott Scottish Goods? Many of our young men have died needlessly supporting our special friends from across the Atlantic. We are ALL fighting terrorism. It's just sometimes, the rule of law doesn't reflect what the people actually want.

    August 26, 2009 at 6:21 am | Reply
  346. TruthbeKnown

    All you America haters are quite fickle and have s short memory at that. My American family is still affected by family members who gave their life to secure the rights and freedoms you now have and enjoy. You would be speaking German or Japanese if it weren't for the United States. If this is the kind of thanks and lack of respect we can expect from Europe and other countries we have defended, then next time fall on your own and then see who is crying.

    You're just a bunch of ungrateful crybabies not worthy of saving again...mark my words, it will happen again and I hope we sit it out this next time.

    August 26, 2009 at 7:06 am | Reply
  347. David Durant

    Lets see I have learned that the Scotts hate Americans. That is why they have no problem with terrorists blowing Americans up over their land. They also care little for anyone else killed by terrorists. They should open up their borders for terrorists to become Scotland citizens since they have so much compassion for them. Terrorists should know that their is one group on Earth that loves them. How many apologists does Scotland have? Quite a few judging from this blog. Civilized society can not exists along side of terrorists – maybe the apologists Scots do not get it.

    August 26, 2009 at 8:03 am | Reply
  348. America the Beautiful

    I read with dismay all of the posts. There is alot of panic about the so-called citizen led boycott, and much Anti=American resentment. I excersize my right and freedom of choice to not drink Scotch, but it is because I live in the land of BOUNTY – the Best Produce, Oregon and Californian Wines, Microbrew beers, Salmon, American Apple Pie, etc. – to choose from. I buy LOCAL. I buy AMERICAN. I will however, boycott Scotch Tape for sure :).

    AMericans have a RIGHT to be angry and dismayed with the Scotch Government for being so shortsighted. Americans are not vengeful. We are strategic, much more so than any of the European countries (hint: that weakness you possess is the main reason that the US has had to bail you all OUT throughout the past 70 years and 2 World Wars. Duh.. you are so weak~) Americans can see the consequences coming and you seem unable to grasp it. Truth is, your respective countries would not exist today without our support. So stop whining.
    One last thing: I am amazed at the majority of these posts, the inability to spell simple English words. I thought Americans were the worst at English Grammar and spelling, but apparently that isn't the case. The posts from UK are much poorer spellers than the US Posts. Go Figure.

    August 26, 2009 at 8:15 am | Reply
  349. Scott

    I am Scottish. In 1976 my brother was killed by the IRA. He was killed by a bomb bought by American dollars collected in multiple bars in Chicago,Boston etc. In the 90's Senator George Mitchel helped broker the agreement which would eventually release one of my brothers murderers. This terrorist was not terminally ill nor was he released for any compassionate reason and he is still living in Northern Ireland today, a free man. The call for vengeance in me was overwhelming and justified but with time it subsided. M. Megrahi was a pawn in the Lockerbie disaster and was released for compassionate reasons. Take a lesson from your ancestors and leave vengeance aside especially against the Scottish people and government. Remember we are friends, even family and we did not blow up the PanAm flight. We were also victims, albeit to a lesser extent, of the Lockerbie disaster.

    August 26, 2009 at 8:39 am | Reply
  350. gadaphi mellon

    I will swop Megrahi for Bush and Blair,Megrahi to a neutral country to prove his innocence, Bush and Blair to the Iraqui people!

    August 26, 2009 at 9:18 am | Reply
  351. Mare

    We are already eating "American" fries, avoiding French wine and now we are going for the scotch. The fact that this no longer surprises anyone is pretty scary.

    August 26, 2009 at 10:16 am | Reply
  352. Chuck

    The question was:

    Is the boycott call over Lockerbie bomber's release a gross over-reaction or a justified response?

    The answer is it is up to the individual. At least for those living in a free society.

    August 26, 2009 at 11:49 am | Reply
  353. Gordon Brown

    Before ye ask, naw, Ah'm not I'm not the f'ing PM.

    Here's a better idea – why don't you just invade us. Ye already have a number of trojan horse throughout the country.

    Feckin Media Eejits, the lot o' ye.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  354. Bill

    Go back to sleep America, your goverment is in control.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  355. Keir

    When will america learn that the UK and Scotland have different legal systems and both these systems are different to the american one. Both the Scottish and UK systems are in place to ensure that "criminals" are no longer a danger to society and it is clear that Megrahi is not. Please stop trying to use our prison system to extract revenge on an individual.

    Please also consider the effects america has had by sponsoring terrorism in other countries; Sadam in Iraq (till the mid 80s), IRA in Northern Ireland and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan (till the late 80s). No country is perfect and every country has skeletons in its closets, but lately america has been among the worst offenders.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  356. Shabbir Ismail

    Just when we started thinking that the US has entered a new era, of reason and justice and the world is going to be a better place post George Bush, the ugly head of American intolerance and phobia rises again. Why can't America just accept that sometimes other countries and other people are also right? The decision to free Megrahi was magnanimous and really human. What do the right wing Americans want? A Guantanamo in every country? Stop drinking the Scotch, it might even cure your paranoia (and save you money in these difficult times that you have brought upon the world).

    August 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  357. Trodden on Englishman

    The SNP are a bunch of left wing idiots and there day is nearly up thank God, the English will soon have chance to throw jock Brown and his brainless Darling out of downing street in the coming months. They have a saying in Scotland (ABE) Anyone but England, Ohh apart from the billions England pays for Scots Universities, social security, hospitals, government.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  358. Phill

    Someone from a middle east country kills people in the western world and we call it terrorism. We invade a middle eastern country and kill thousand, we call it a coalition army?

    August 26, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  359. BALDIE BAWS

    Ye cannae boycott haggis, the last one was shot in the highlands two days ago by a yankee fat ass tourist!

    August 26, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  360. Paul Cook

    THE KEYBOARD IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD.

    August 26, 2009 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  361. Paul Cook

    THE KEYBOARD IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD !.

    There has been a few " damn good thrashings " dealt out on this page and other sites, over the last few days.

    Some posts have been literate and elloquent.
    Some not.

    From one side, we have some Americans using language, usually
    only found in an American movie, ( I've always found " mother f****rs" rather distasteful ) and the many " you dudes" in posts, give the impression that it may be posted by Bart Simpson. ( What would groundsman Willie say ? ).

    On the other hand, we have the Scots returning a volley of abuse, with words the great bard would never have heard of in his day and would make even Billy Connoly blush.

    Unfortunately, even though it has been pointed out on many posts, that most of the Scots appear not to agree with this man being released , for some reason, this fact is just being ignored.

    p.s.

    As " America the beautiful " has picked out some literary mistakes, may l point out that I do not think that ' alot ' is one word.
    Why is there an = sign in-between anti and American
    Why is there not a – in short-sighted.
    Why is there a capital M in America.
    And its Scots government, not scotch government.

    p.p.s

    If the these terrorist countries do not understand the concept of compassion, perhaps the free world can teach them.

    August 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  362. American MacLaren descendent

    A boycott is really stupid – it's totally misguided. Boycott offensive Libyans.

    American activism is really embarrassing these days.

    August 26, 2009 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  363. dave

    To the Americans out there supporting this boycott, when are you going to realise…..NOBODY LIKES A BULLY!! And no-one likes the little man being trod on. I honestly think if this goes ahead it will do you more harm than good. I’m a proud Scot and nobody I’ve spoken to is remotely worried about an American boycott. We will pull through this as we are Scotland, a proud and friendly nation, we welcome people with open arms from around the world and we’re welcome all over the world. It’s only a matter of time before some wee nerd builds a “boycott-america.com” website. Bet that would be a popular site. I know I could easily give up McDonalds and KFC.

    Yes, let’s keep this thing going on and on. Ever heard the saying “no such thing as bad publicity”?

    So we may lose some American tourists….good, hopefully Michael Douglas and Jack Nicolas will join in and I might eventually get a game of golf at St Andrews. I also know now that all my aunts and uncles are getting a good bottle of Scotch this Christmas. While your at it you may as well through out your telephone and television as they where invented in Scotland.

    I’m sure anyone with half a brain knows that it was not the people of Scotland who decided to release Al Megrahi and attempting to punish honest hard working Scots is simply ridiculous.

    And to CNN, shame on you for promoting this boycott. In my eyes if you have a link on your site to boycottscotland.com you are promoting it. If I owned a Whisky company I’d be getting myself on the first available flight over there and suing your asses.

    I also want to remind everyone how the real people of Scotland deal with terrorists. After a failed attempt to run a car on fire into Glasgow airport, two terrorists got the shit kicked out of them while they where still on fire!!

    Mr McAskill, though I don’t agree with your decision I admire your courage in standing up to Uncle Sam.

    I’ll wrap this up with a message to my fellow Scots…..”They may boycott our Whisky, but they’ll never take our FREEEEEDOM”!!

    August 26, 2009 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  364. Willy P

    In reply to some posts about the USA saving Europe during WW2. Yes the USA did this and most of us recognize this and are grateful. However please lets be clear, the reason the USA became involved was not to save their friends! Instead it was to save themselves! If the USA had not intervened they would have eventually been totally isolated in the world. A Nazi Europe on one side and an Asia controlled by Japan on the other. It does not take much imagination to understand that the USA would have then faced the very real threat of invasion and occupation with the Japs in California and the Krauts in New York! Also note he Germans would by this have had the atomic bomb by this time!

    The Libyans and Osama and co must really be having a good laugh now if they are reading these posts! It looks like a big wedge has been driven deep between the America and its "Best Friend".

    August 27, 2009 at 1:47 am | Reply
  365. Steve

    Having served in the fight against terror and having done some things I regret, I can support Scotland's decision. I see the role of forgiveness to help resolve the conflict. I may not like the idea but I see the wisdom. Grow up people and deal with life. I have seen men killed by this sort of guy but being more humane is what will win our fight better than violence. Also I would never give up French wine or Scotch. That is what part of being an American is about; I don't have to. Also I realize I just ended a sentence with a preposition. Freedom is awesome but detrimental to the rules of English.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:25 am | Reply
  366. zachary6

    If it is ok for the rest of the world criticize American. Then it should be ok for the American criticize the world.

    A protest is a suggestion, so there is a choice to drink or not to drink Scotch. People can set up website to call for the bannng of American products for the most absurd reason and that should be ok and not to be criticized.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:49 am | Reply
  367. World Citizen

    All of this hoopla about a boycott is just a knee-jerk reaction by pseudo-patriots and ignoramuses. While I personally deplore the decision by the Scottish government, it is an isolated act of irresponsibility and insensitivity on their part. Do other nations' peoples threaten to boycott US goods every time news becomes public of an atrocity or injustice perpetrated by the US government? No. This hypocritical uproar is just like the "Freedom Fries" (formerly known as "French Fries") nonsense in the USA a few years ago. Don't worry, though, folks; as soon as there is some new headline about Paris Hilton or Britney Spears, this will all be forgotten.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:38 am | Reply
  368. NAEBAWS MAGRAW

    I HOPE DONALD TRUMP BOYCOTTS SCOTLAND AND HIS DISNEYLAND PLANS FOR A GOLF COURSE! GET OOT AND DINNAE COME BACK!!

    August 27, 2009 at 8:33 am | Reply
  369. Neil Campbell

    Paul Cook. Where do you get your figures from that show the majority of Scots are against this decision exactly? I dare say its insignificant but the vast majority of people ive happened to speak to about this have agreed that it was the right decision. Regardless unless someone chooses to organise a poll of every person in Scotland i guess we`ll never really know, however dont that stop you or the british labour unionist party from spouting this pash.

    August 27, 2009 at 9:09 am | Reply
  370. Steve

    Art @ August 25th, 2009 1925 GMT

    "No wonder the Vikings pushed you Scots to an island. STAY THERE!"

    Is this a joke or does it show the level of education in the USA?

    August 27, 2009 at 9:57 am | Reply
  371. Andrew

    I'm no longer going to watch any old episodes of Star Trek with "Scotty" in them. Additionally, I'm going to douse my "Scotty" action figures in Chevas Regal, light them on fire and throw them into Loch Ness!

    August 27, 2009 at 10:56 am | Reply
  372. sam

    Funny topic & hats of to the guy who started this conversation of Boycotting products:)

    August 27, 2009 at 11:16 am | Reply
  373. Gordon Mulholland

    Perhaps you might also consider not singing "Auld Lang Syne" at New Year. Then the words could be redeemed from the common error "for the sake of" – a phrase which is not in the song.
    But since that would do Scotland a favour maybe you won't.

    August 27, 2009 at 11:23 am | Reply
  374. hognoxious

    If an IRA member had committed the same crime he'd have never been brought to trial at all – he'd have been living free under the protection of people like Ted Kennedy. Such hypocracy.

    August 27, 2009 at 11:54 am | Reply
  375. Paul Cook

    Dear mr Neil Campbell,

    I never stated any figures, just that in previous postings, the Scots do not seem to agree this man should be released.
    Quite obvious if you read it properly, so there was no point in your posting.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  376. David Knutson

    Al Megrahi should not have been released....but sometimes I am embarrassd by my fellow Americans...remember "Freedom Fries"? A boycott is stupid and petty. There are other ways to make our disdain noticed.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  377. Josh

    I always drink Kentucky Bourbon. But I'd cuff the balls and swallow the gravy for some scotch whisky right now. I'm in Iraq and all we have is water and near beer.

    Spc Kurk
    U.S. Army

    August 27, 2009 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  378. Coinneach

    How do we trigger a Public Enquiry into the Lockerbie aftermath? Can Holyrood do that alone or would it require Westminster's cooperation? The American relatives deserve the answers they were denied by that stitch-up in the Netherlands.

    (... and I'll volunteer to drink any Laphroaig they don't want!)

    August 27, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  379. American Scotch Drinker

    so at first I was disappointed with the decision to release this guy to a "hero's" welcome. I drink a glass of scotch everyday and went out and actually bought some Irish whisky (Jameson). Its not as good and frankly after reading some of the responses from the Scots I do feel that we shouldn't punish them for the decisions of their politicians. I sure haven't supported many of our idiot politician's decisions over the years and would be really upset if my business suffered because of them. So, I will NOT be boycotting Scottish products and I urge my fellow 'yank' countrymen to do the same.

    August 28, 2009 at 12:50 am | Reply
  380. Paul Cook

    A pole in the Scottish Sun, 28 Aug. 2009

    60 % of Scots say he SHOULD have stayed in prison.

    25 % agree in him being released on compassionate grounds.

    8 % think he should have been released to a medical facility in Scotland.

    5 % think he should have been transferred to a Libyan prison.

    1 % that he should have been released to stay in Scotland

    August 28, 2009 at 11:44 am | Reply
  381. Gordon Mulholland

    The poll in the Sun is probably just another instance of how this part of the press uses such devices. Folk are entitled to their opinion I wish they had a bit more compassion. Megrahi was sentenced to life and will serve that sentence all but 3 months to go home to die, a small measure of mercy to him and his family. Not everything has to be an eye for an eye.
    Plus we find that some 20% of the American families are not as opposed to the release as some would want us to believe.

    August 28, 2009 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  382. Mike; An American living in Spain

    I stopped drinking in 1974. But because of this use of a law change "after the fact", I now belive in the death pentaly. The percentage of mistakes do not justify the chance of a "known" killer going free unless, proven different later and not many death pentalies are carried out instantly in the " Free World ", maybe more should be as the law gets changed "after the fact". Thanking you for your time.
    Mike P.S. I will avoid any thing to do with the British as a whole, now, even the visiting of Gibraltar.

    August 28, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  383. Paul Cook

    B..B.C Scotland poll 28/Aug/09

    60 % say government was wrong to release.

    32 % say right to release.

    7 % don't know.

    1 % refused.

    74 % believe Scotlands image has been tarnished.

    August 28, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  384. Paul Cook

    One again ( in Britain ) we have seen, as in many weeks previously on T.V., our heroes returning home in coffins, from the war against terror.
    Perhaps, if such sacrafice is not appreciated, the British troops should come home.
    America can rely on their other allies.???

    There has been some strange comments about Scotlands "weakness " and being "cowardly "
    I'm sure there are plenty of American service men who appreciated our support in many wars(including the war for independance).

    The Viking/island thing is strange, what part of history is this.
    Arguments are usually best won with facts.

    The Vikings, Romans and Nazis never conquered Scotland.
    Scotland wasprobably the only nation the Romans could not defeat, having to build 2 walls( Hadrian and Antonine) to stop the avenging Picts. There were no American troops helping us against the Vikings and the Romans.

    With all the problems in the world, America decides it is going to boycott Scotland.

    August 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  385. Paul Cook

    Dear Gordon Mulholland.

    People are entitled to their opinions.

    Would you have critised the poll if it agreed with you.

    20 % off families is only one in five, , this does not indicate support by the majority.

    Expecting a mass murderer ( forgetting all the theories) to stay in jail till he dies, is not a lack of compassion.

    To this day Iain Brady. a Scot, who with Myra Hindley, ( the infamous moors murderers) killed five young children. ( Others not proven ).

    In 1964, the year I was born, 12 year old Keith Bennet was raped and killed by them and the body was never found.
    To this day, Brady will not let the poor family know were they left this childs body.

    People in America may not know of him, but Brits will.

    Forget politics ,if he was dying, would you fight for him to be released on compassionate grounds.

    August 28, 2009 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  386. Gordon Mulholland

    Dear Paul Cook
    You seem to want to keep finding ways of justifying keeping Megrahi in jail, others are using their belief in capital punishment to argue that killing anyone found guilty of such crimes wipes away the need to serve justice.
    You selectively use other cases to try to support your case, but fail to state what compassion and mercy mean to you, if anything.
    My abiding impression of all those who avoid the issue of compassion and mercy is that they have none. They cannot see that others find it possible to recognise guilt, require justice to be served with punishment and rehabilitation (where possible and appropriate) and with that to show mercy even (perhaps especially) when the crime is heinous.
    Some relate this to their religious beliefs or other creed and others through their humanity. It is to us just the right thing to do, if you disagree please have the respect to explain why in your own words and terms.
    As for others in jail for crimes, all those in Scottish jails who qualified for release on compassionate grounds have been released and without knowing the details of their crimes I support this. Some who applied were refused because they did not fully qualify.
    Life should mean life, but I will not support the taking of life nor a system which does not include mercy.

    August 29, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  387. jm

    I seriously doubt any boycott of Scotch Whisky ( note the correct spelling ) by American consumers will hurt the distillers that much. Most of the stuff the US market gets is the cheap blended crap ( e.g. Johnnie Walker )
    The asian markets are a much bigger draw just now anyway – they're the ones paying for and getting the better stuff.

    For the idiot who suggested boycotting Waterford crystal, boycott away – it comes from Ireland, not Scotland.

    Sara August 24th, 2009 1650 GMT

    “At least Americans are trying to do something to stop terrorism in the world. How are you helping over there in Scotland? It’s not wrong to boycott products. Sometimes you just have to hit people in the pocketbook. Apparently, oil was such a big draw in this scenario. Fine, but don’t expect my dollars to support Scotland.”

    Please think before you type. Many Scots units have served in the war on terror. We're a nation of soldiers, engineers, scientists, explorers and such like..
    Oil would be the big draw for the rest of the UK – much of what exists today in the UK lies in what would be Scottish waters, when Scotland gains its independence back.

    If you don't want your dollars to support Scotland, that's fine – i'm sure there's plenty people that don't mind one bit, and can see a shortsighted decision by a politician for exactly what it is.

    August 31, 2009 at 5:21 am | Reply
  388. Tony N

    Do you believe that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi would commit such crime without direct orders from his boss and his boss' boss, Moaamar al-Gaddafi. This ruthless dictator, who's now celebrating his 40th anniversay in power, is being pampered by the free world leaders because of his country's natural riches. Wake up, al-Megrahi is just a scapegoat.

    September 1, 2009 at 9:33 am | Reply
  389. Patrick, Beirut - Lebanon

    What on Earth are you people talking about?
    It is woefully ridiculous to link an alcoholic beverage with the cold blooded murder of over 200 people due to a terrorist incident!
    Come on, what can you be thinking?
    Why should one give up Scotch anyway? Scotch did not place the bomb on the plane!
    This does not make sense, and is disrespectful of those who passed away.
    Please be more sensitive and show us a hint of class.
    Regards,
    Patrick A.

    September 2, 2009 at 7:50 am | Reply
  390. Esteban

    Gordon Gano said it best: "America is the home of the hypocrite".

    September 3, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  391. john mellon

    AMERICAN EMBASSY STAFF IN MOSCOW TOLD NOT TO BOOK FLIGHT ON PAN AM 103 .AMERICAN MILITARY ALSO TOLD NOT TO .AMERICAN PEOPLE PLEASE WAKE UP!

    September 4, 2009 at 9:55 am | Reply
  392. Michael

    I will try not to consume any alcoholic mixed drink that has any alcohol from Scotland.

    What I really think we (the U.S.) should have done is have our U.S. Air Force to track by radar and intercept the plane that Megrahi was on, and force it down to a U.S. airbase in a country that is friendly to us. We did that to the hijacked airliner TWA Flight 847. For those who don't remember, the hijackers murdered an American passenger on the flight, USN Seabee Diver Robert Stetham.

    September 4, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  393. Howard

    A boycott is merely a symbolic gesture.
    But its more civilized than burning flags and effigies and screaming 'Death to America!'
    It's a gesture that respects the target as a rational group that can be reasoned with in realistic terms.

    And all of you on that 'Death to America!" bandwagon, go ahead and stop buying our products.
    If you can, that is.
    Stop watching our movies and tv shows, listening to our music, eating our food, drinking our sodas and beers, and smoking our cigarettes.
    We won't notice it any more than the producers of fine Scotch Whiskey.

    September 13, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Reply
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