For more than twenty years, the families of the Victims of Pan Am 103 have been fighting tirelessly in the pursuit of justice and justice demands that the tyrannical Ghadaffi regime needs to be held accountable for the murder of our loved ones. Today, we have learned the Ghadaffi may have been captured or killed. First, we want to commend the Libyan people for their courage and determination. Their freedom has come at a very high cost of their loved ones, so we all owe them a debt of gratitude. We also want to commend the NATO forces, especially the US military and the Obama administration. It might have been easier to stand back and allow potentially tragic events to play out. Instead, the US, the UK and France showed tremendous courage in the face of challenging political and diplomatic circumstances.
Unfortunately, the path to justice is often long and circuitous. Although today is a great day for the Libyan people and for the universal fight for freedom, our work is not done. The Libyan agent convicted in the bombing, Abdu Basset al Megrahi, remains at large in Libya and other Libyan officials involved in the bombing have not been captured. And, if Ghadaffi has been captured, we need to be certain that he is brought to trial, convicted and spends the rest of his life in prison. Nevertheless, we will take a moment today to honor our family members: In their memory, we did not give up. We kept fighting for them and for some semblance of justice. Today, we take some satisfaction that justice can be done.