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STATEMENT OF CONGRESSMAN RICHARD E. NEAL ON THE DEATH OF MOAMMAR QADDAFI

October 20, 2011
Press Release

October 20, 2011

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal released the following statement today on the killing of Colonel Moammar Qaddafi by rebel forces in Sirte, Libya.

"In the past decade, terrorist and tyrants like Osama bin Laden, Anwar al Awlaki and Saddam Hussein have left the stage. After more than 40 years of autocratic rule, Moammar Qaddafi has been killed by rebel fighters in his hometown Sirte. The country of Libya, and entire the international community, are a better place now that Qaddafi's brutal reign of terror is over.

Throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa, people of all ages have come together in popular uprisings seeking a peaceful and more democratic future. The Arab Spring has inspired millions to reject the fist of tyranny that has ruled their region for decades. With the death of Colonel Qaddafi, the people of Libya now have the same opportunity to create a better and brighter future. The United States will support them in that endeavor.

I am also confident that the killing of Qaddafi means that the United States role in the NATO mission in Libya will soon be over. The diplomatic work to build a democratic and inclusive society now begins. The people of Libya can finally turn the page on a dark chapter in their nation's history."