STATE – New Jersey politicians reacted to the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi today when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte, the last major site of resistance following the fall of Gadhafi’s regime.
“With the reported death of Colonel Gadhafi and the end of his brutal regime and total disregard for the lives of innocent people, change can come about for a more democratic society in Libya,” said Sen. Frank Lautenberg. “The Libyans have shown us the unwillingness of people around the globe to be subjected to cruelty and degradation from corrupt rulers.”
“Now is the time for the Libyans to demonstrate to the U.S. that they are willing to cooperate with the investigation into the Pan Am 103 bombing,” Lautenberg added. “I have been working for decades to bring justice to the families of the Pan Am 103 victims. I will continue working with these families to reveal the truth about the Pan Am bombing.”
As Gadhalfi’s regime crumbled, a former Libyan government official claimed that Gadhafi personally ordered the 1988 bombing, which resulted in 270 deaths.
“Confirmation of the death of Moammar Gadhafi is a tremendous victory for our U.S. Military, our NATO allies and most important for the people of Libya who for too long have endured his terrorist regime and long record of brutality,” said Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ). “The Obama Administration, especially Secretary Clinton, also deserves credit for their work on this issue.”
“And while the world cheers the fall of Colonel Gadhafi our hearts are once again heavy for the 189 Americans – including 38 New Jersey residents — who perished onboard Pam Am Flight 103. Though we cannot bring back these innocent Americans, we can seek justice and honor their memory by demanding full cooperation from the new transitional Libyan government regarding the United States’ ongoing investigation into the bombing of Pan Am 103 and other terrorist attacks attributable to the government of Moammar Gadhafi against United States citizens.”
“The Libyan people, the United States, and NATO worked hard to get Moammar Gadhafi to step down from power after he began the slaughter of his own people,” said Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ.) “Gadhafi chose not to leave power, but instead threw his nation into violent chaos, which has led to his own death. It is now time for the world to help the Libyan people make a transition to a peaceful democracy that respects its own citizens and does not threaten its neighbors or anyone else.”
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