[What follows is a paragraph from an editorial in yesterday's edition of Scotland on Sunday:]
Why has Gaddafi suddenly become Britain's public enemy number one? Historically, he clearly merited that title by arming the IRA. Gaddafi's Semtex was used in the Harrods bombing in 1983, the Enniskillen bomb in 1987 and the Omagh outrage as recently as 1998; those attacks killed 46 people. Nearer home, the Lockerbie bombing murdered 270 innocent travellers, crew and Scottish residents. Yet at no point did Britain try to overthrow or kill Gaddafi. Appeasement was the order of the day, as when Scottish justice was put through the pantomime of setting up an offshore court at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands, at a cost to taxpayers of £60m, to try Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, later released to Tripoli in a similar climate of conciliation.
[There's really nothing like journalistic oversimplification, is there? It's clearly not just the Scottish criminal justice system that's in need of rigorous overhaul.]