Sunday, August 23, 2009

Center Director's Statement on Release of Pan Am 103 Bomber

This statement is not directed to Scottish Justice Minister MacAskill, as he deserves no recognition, but rather to the families and friends of the 270 souls lost in the in the brutal murderous attack against innocent civilians who perished as a result of the bombing of Pan Am 103 on December 21, 1988.

While we can never come close to sharing your pain, I and civilized people around the world who understand the meaning of justice and morality share your outrage and join you in the complete condemnation of this appalling, heartless and ignorant act. The world suffered a devastating loss when the colorful lives of so many yet to reach their full potential were violently and mercilessly cut short, and we join you in their remembrance. Moreover, the civilized world has again suffered a loss, which we share with you, one to the cause of justice that all people of good will have a stake. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you and your loved ones. And it is my sincere hope that the embrace and admiration of millions for your courage and resilience provides a small degree of comfort for the renewed grief that has once again unfairly been placed on your shoulders.
Prof. Brian Levin
Director, Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism
California State University, San Bernardino

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