I was in need of a laugh this morning and, fortunately, the BBC was right there to get my morning off to a good start. Apparently, the wingnuts of American righteous indignation have decided to boycott Scottish products in response to the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Megrahi.
When I first read this, I had to think hard…what Scottish products? Does Scotland really export that much stuff to America? I mean, yeah, Scotch whiskey…but what else? Sweaters? Probably.
Anyway, my point is this. There is no logical reason for this boycott which will be lame and ineffective at best. The people you would injure with a boycott are, more than likely, just like you. They’re doing their jobs every day, trying to get along in the world. They had nothing to do with the decision to release Megrahi. The justices who decided to release the man, who probably has less than 3 months to live, on compassionate grounds don’t export anything and they’re likely following the laws set down in their country even if they don’t agree with them. It happens everywhere.
I can’t make an argument for releasing him other than he can spend his last moments with his family, although, this is more than could be allowed for his victims…so, I can’t really argue that point. Except to say, that keeping him in prison in spite of that does nothing to bring those people back. I can’t imagine that forcing him to die in prison makes the lives of victims’ families any more joyful. It might ease a little pain knowing that he suffers, but after two decades, one would hope that you’d resolved that anger and vengeance.
I know, I’m just a left-wing, bleeding heart, Socialist who wants everybody to get along. Is that such a bad thing?
So, if you really think that not buying a new sweater this fall, or cutting back on your whiskey intake which you should probably do ANYWAY is the best way to solve the world’s problems, then go ahead and boycott. But, don’t expect anyone to take it seriously and don’t expect it to have much affect on anything that matters!
See you in the funny papers!