Romney Issues Statement on Libya, Calls for Extradition of Lockerbie Bomber

Libyans celebrate taking control of their capital city, Tripoli, and the teetering regime of dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi. Aug 21, 2021 AP Photo/Alexandre Meheghini (click on image to enlarge)

The eyes of the world have been riveted on the extraordinarily quick-moving developments in Libya.

Governor Mitt Romney released this statement today:

The world is about to be rid of Muammar el-Qaddafi, the brutal tyrant who terrorized the Libyan people. It is my hope that Libya will now move toward a representative form of government that supports freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. As a first step, I call on this new government to arrest and extradite the mastermind behind the bombing of Pan Am 103, Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi, so justice can finally be done.”

The latest:

Libya’s bizarre leader Gadhafi remains defiant as regime nears end

As rebels swarmed into Tripoli late Sunday and his son and one-time heir apparent Seif al-Islam was arrested, Gadhafi’s rule was all but over, even though some loyalists continued to resist.

More than any of the region’s autocratic leaders, perhaps, Gadhafi was a man of contrasts.

He was a sponsor of terrorism who condemned the Sept. 11 attacks. He was a brutal dictator who bulldozed a jail wall to free political prisoners. He was an Arab nationalist who derided the Arab League. And in the crowning paradox, he preached people power, only to have his people take to the streets and take up arms in rebellion.

For much of a life marked by tumult, eccentricities and spasms of violence, the only constants were his grip on power — never openly challenged until the last months of his rule — and the hostility of the West, which branded him a terrorist long before Osama bin Laden emerged.

The secret of his success and longevity lay in the vast oil reserves under his North African desert republic, and in his capacity for drastic changes of course when necessary.

One spectacular series of U-turns came in late 2003. After years of denial, Gadhafi’s Libya acknowledged responsibility for the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jumbo jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people. Libya agreed to pay up to $10 million to relatives of each of the victims, and declared it would dismantle all of its weapons of mass destruction.

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There is no evidence that Qaddafi has escaped Tripoli.

Visitors linger in the Garden of Remembrance for victims of Pan Am Flight 103 in Dryfesdale Cemetery, Lockerbie Scotland. (click on image to enlarge)

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Seven Legislators from Georgia Endorse Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney shared some southern sweetness today from Georgia. Seven state legislators in Georgia are endorsing him for President of the United States:

I am pleased to receive the endorsements of so many great leaders in Georgia,” said Mitt Romney. “I look forward to working with these leaders to reverse the failed policies of the Obama administration, put Americans back to work, and get the economy turned around.”

Georgians are suffering under the leadership of President Obama. Mitt Romney is the candidate with the vision and experience to turn around the failing economy,” said House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey. “As governor, he balanced the budget without raising taxes and created jobs. He has the experience in both the private and public sectors to get Americans back to work.”

Georgia Elected Officials Endorsing Mitt Romney:

• Former House Speaker Mark Burkhalter
• State Senator Bill Hamrick, Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee
• State Representative Calvin Hill, Vice Chairman of House Appropriations Committee
• State Representative & House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey
• State Representative Wendell Willard, Chairman of House Judiciary Committee
• State Representative Bruce Williamson
• Public Service Commissioner Doug Everett

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GA Attorney General Sam Olens gave Gov Romney the nod a couple of months ago (6/17/11).

Georgians are suffering under a 10.1 % unemployment rate.

Romney supported their governor, Nathan Deal, who was elected last fall and took office just eight months ago, on January 10, 2011.

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