Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pan Am Flight 103: We Remember Them

At the rising of the sun and at its going down,
We remember them.
At the Blowing of the wind and the chill of the winter,
We remember them.
At the opening of the Buds and in the rebirth of spring,
We remember them.
At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of Autumn,
We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live,
for they are now part of us as we remember them. When lost and sick at heart,
We remember them.
When we have joy we crave to share,
We remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make,
We remember them.
When we have achievements that are based on theirs,
We remember them.
As long as we live they too will live,
For they are now a part of us as we remember them.

We Remember was written by Rabbi Sylvan Kamens in the 1960's and published in 1970 in "New Prayers For The High Holy Days".

Thank you TSB for reminding us. The list of the victims is here.

Meanwhile, the alleged former Libyan intelligence officer and convicted Pan Am 103 bomber Abdelbasset Al-Megrahi was freed on compassionate grounds by the Scottish government on 20 August 2009 because he was expected to have about three months to live.  Since then, he has apparently been living in a luxury villa after being at "death's door" ... that is, until December 9 when he was reported to be in a coma and not expected to recover.  Exactly two days after the cables leaked out. All under coincidental circumstances under an unforgetful universe.

Fair Warning:

This is the part where I put up a WikiLeaks Do Not Click warning if you're reading this from work. Below may contain links to the "alleged" cables that could ruin your brain or future career, or could make your IT folks defriend you -- so be warned.

Among the cables leaked by WikiLeaks are about eight cables on the Al Megrahi case originating from US Embassies in Tripoli, London and Doha.  For the first time ever, the diplomatic cables actually gets its own search engine via CableSearch (Beta), an initiative of the European Centre for Computer Assisted Research and the Dutch-Flemish association for investigative journalists.  Not updated in real time but close enough.  Last update: was on 2010-12-21 22:16 with number of cables at 1,877.  The site does not host any of the cables but is a search engine based on publicly available materials.


1 comment:

TSB said...

Thanks for adding this!

I was surprised to see the absence of press notice today, especially with the WikiLeaks buzz about commercial interests lobbying for al-Megrahi's release.