Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says one of the first acts of the new Libyan government should be to extradite to the United States the alleged mastermind of the Pan Am 103 bombing so “justice can finally be done.” Romney also told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto Monday America should sustain a wait-and-see attitude on what changes the rebels will bring to Libya.
Romney said his first choice would be for the United States to judge Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi — who was released from Scottish imprisonment on humanitarian grounds two years ago because he was supposedly on death’s door — as the Libyan has so much American blood on his hands.
“Well, to the United States of America would be my first choice — we would try him here and see that justice is done,” Romney said. “This is a person responsible for the lives of hundreds of people. This is an individual who was convicted in Scotland, but then set free on a humanitarian basis — and now, two years later, he’s still alive — he received a hero’s welcome in Tripoli. It’s unacceptable, in my view, that this person does not face justice.
“So I’d like to see him face justice as one of the first acts of a new government — hopefully a more democratic, representative form of government — a modern government,” the former Massachusetts governor said. “Let’s get al-Megrahi back to a court.”
Cavuto asked Romney whether he thought supporting the Libyan rebels in their fight to topple tyrant Moammar Gadhafi was a good idea, or could it backfire.
“Well, we’re going to see the result of what’s occurred. I think the world celebrates the idea of getting rid of Gadhafi — this guy was one of the worst actors on the world stage, responsible for terror around the world,” Romney said. “I think we’re very pleased that he’s apparently about to lose his position of authority. And we hope that the new government is a more representative form of government, that honors human rights and is not as abusive and associated with terror as the prior regime.”
Cavuto then switched gears to talk about the nation’s faltering economy and asked Romney about the flak he took when he said last week that taxing corporations is the same as taxing people — and how the former governor justifies the comment.
“Look, if you talk about raising taxes on corporations, recognize that you’re raising taxes on people — the concrete and the steel in the corporate headquarters, they don’t pay taxes,” Romney said. “It’s people who pay taxes, either the employees or the shareholders.
“So people pay taxes, corporations are like people — they’re filled with people,” he continued. “And I want jobs. Look, I spent my life in the private sector — I’m a conservative businessman — I understand how business works to create jobs, to put people to work.
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