One of the storylines coming out of Libya is a widely disseminated report that the convicted Lockerbie bomber, a Libyan man responsible for destroying Pan American flight 103 over Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988, is terminally ill - still.
This is the same person who was released on compassionate medical grounds by Scottish authorities in August 2009 because Scottish doctors gave him only three months to live due to an advanced case of prostate cancer. Today, 24 months after his release, he is apparently still not feeling well. The mass murderer's brother describes him as frail, resting in a villa in what media reports characterize as a wealthy section of Tripoli.
Libyan rebels - who demand justice for themselves at the end of a gun - have rejected extradicting him to Scotland, which has in any case not asked to have him back, despite repeated requests by the United States and the national government of Great Britain that he be sent to a Western prison to serve out his term.
Pan Am flight 103's destruction accounted for one of the darkest days in the modern history of travel. All 259 passengers and crew perished in the explosion, as did 11 people on the ground in Lockerbie. Two-thirds of the victims were Americans, many of them university students heading home for Christmas vacation.