[This is the headline over an article in today's edition of the New York Daily News. It reads as follows:]
Justice, so very long delayed, may finally be coming to the families of those murdered on Pan Am Flight 103.
It has been 23 years since the Pan Am plane bound for JFK from London was blasted out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people — most of them Americans, many of them New Yorkers.
It has been 23 years of excruciating failure to bring those responsible to justice. In 2009, victims’ loved ones watched powerlessly as the only man convicted for his role in the crime, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, was released from a Scottish prison — and given a hero’s welcome in Libya.
The Libyans and the Scottish courts then insisted Megrahi had late-stage prostate cancer and was sure to die within a matter of weeks, but he has yet to do the world the honor of keeling over.
And the notion that this was a one-man crime has always offended common sense.
Now, fingers crossed, comes the possibility of some clarity.