The death of Muammar el-Qaddafi yesterday was a triumph for all civilization. He was a terrorist who was responsible for many deaths, including the passengers and crew of Pan Am flight 103 who died when a bomb planted by Libyan intelligence agents exploded when the plane reached a certain altitude over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. Those victims are memorialized by a monument, shown above and below, at Arlington National Cemetery.
Qaddafi’s death is the latest foreign policy accomplishment of President Obama. While the killing of Osama bin Laden will always take top place, Qaddafi joins an ever-growing list of bad guys who have died, either directly or indirectly, as a result of foreign policy and military action taken by this administration. As we approach the 2012 presidential election, foreign policy and military affairs, usually the strong suit of the Republican nominee, will favor the Democratic incumbent.