Frank Duggan, who has been chasing Moammar Gadhafi since a Libyan terrorist killed nearly 200 Americans on a plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, rejoiced Thursday when he learned the deposed dictator was dead.
“This is a great day, not just for the Lockerbie families, but for all families who have suffered under this brutal dictator,” Mr. Duggan, who represents the relatives of the Lockerbie victims, told Embassy Row.
Mr. Duggan said he is worried about a vast arsenal of missing Libyan weapons and about reported Islamic extremist links to some members of the revolutionary council that replaced the Gadhafi regime.
“We are concerned about the thousands of missiles that have disappeared, as well as the nature of the rebels themselves, but it is still a great day. It may also energize the Syrians and others who had their ‘Arab Spring’ crushed,” he said.
Another issue for the Lockerbie families is the whereabouts of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted for killing 270 people, including 189 Americans, in the attack on the airliner.
Scotland released al-Megrahi in 2009, after doctors claimed he had terminal cancer and would die in three months. He is still alive and remains a hero to many Libyans. Al-Megrahi received a hero’s welcome when he return to Libya.
“That is what boiled our blood, and makes it hard for us to root for the Libyans, but we are grateful that they finally rose up to topple Gadhafi and his murderous followers.”
Mr. Duggan recalled the reaction of Kathy Daniels Tedeschi, whose husband died on the airliner and whose stepson married a woman who lost her father in the attack.
“Today, she is crying again, as are others, that this monster Gadhafi who killed their loved ones, is dead,” Mr. Duggan said. “It will be interesting to see what happens to Megrahi when the rebels deal with him.”View Entire Story
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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