Bert Ammerman, whose brother Tommy was killed in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing said the death of Lybian strongman Moammar Gadhafi was “very satisfying.”
“I never thought I’d live to see the day that Gadhafi would be eliminated,” Ammerman told Fox News. “I have to praise the Obama administration on the new form or template for dealing with state-sponsored terrorism. His administration has now eliminated Bin Laden and Gadhafi.
You go after the leaders of state-sponsored terrorism – you do it through technology, you do it through intelligence and support from NATO. We should never again occupy any of these countries. Today is a great day.
“Nearly 24 years later, I can honestly it’s the last chapter for me personally and it does mean that my brother and 269 other people did not die in vain.”
The families of the victims of the 1988 bombing of the Pan Am 103 flight reacted similarly to the news of Gadhafi’s death -- a mixture of relief and joy.
Brian Flynn, who lost his brother J.P. Flynn on the December 21, 1988 flight said, “For 20 plus years we've been saying that Gadhafi is going to continue to haunt the world and needs to be brought to justice. If it is true that Gadhafi is dead or captured we are thrilled for the Libyan people and we have a feeling that the long trail to justice is coming to an end."
Mary Kay Stratis, who lost her husband Elia in the flight, said she was relieved to hear the news of Gadhafi’s capture or death. “My eyes were opened as a widow of a victim of his terrorism,” she said. “He terrorized his people and many others around the world, and it is a relief to know that he is out of power.”
Frank Duggan, the president of the group, Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, said, “It has not been confirmed, but I hope he is dead.”
He added, “May he rest in pieces. It's not just the Pan Am families who are celebrating, it's people all over the world who are glad this monster is gone.” Duggan served as the liaison to the families of the victims from the Presidential Commission on Aviation Security and Terrorism created in 1989.
Each family of the victims of the Pan Am 103 bombing in 2009 received $10 million from the Libyan government in compensation for the act of terrorism.
The payments were a condition of Gadhafi deal to normalize relations with the United States, after the Libyan dictator disclosed to U.S. and British intelligence his nuclear weapon program. When Libya finally did make the payments, Gadhafi bragged that the money he was giving the families he had made back from western oil companies ready to explore his country’s vast petroleum reserves.
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