Susan Cohen, Whose Daughter Was Killed In Pan Am 103 Bombing, Reacts To Report Of Gadhafi’s Death

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed when rebels stormed his hometown Thursday.

Gadhafi was alleged to be behind the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 back in 1988.

The 747 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 259 people on board and 11 on the ground. The plane was bound for John F. Kennedy International Airport. Among those on board was 20-year-old Theodora Cohen.

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Her mother, Susan Cohen, lives in Cape May Court House, New Jersey.

“I’ve been waiting a long time for this,”she told CBSNewYork.com. “If this is true this is going to be the happiest day of my life since Dec. 20, 1988. Lockerbie happened on Dec. 21st. This would be a great day. A tyrant has fallen. If this is true, that is a wonderful thing.”

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“I have waited many years for this,” Cohen said. “It doesn’t bring closure. Closure doesn’t exist. Closure is a myth. It will not bring closure. But it is helpful. It does bring a sense of having some justice. I can say in the morning, ‘Theo… he’s gone. He’s dead.’ There’s justice.”

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Cohen applauded the recent United States operations in Libya.

“I will certainly give President Obama credit. It has been just horrible, Gadhafi has gotten away with the most horrible crimes for years,” she said.

The wreckage of PanAm 103 is seen in Lockerbie, Scotland - Dec 22, 1988 (credit: LETKEY/AFP/Getty Images)

The wreckage of PanAm 103 is seen in Lockerbie, Scotland - Dec 22, 1988 (credit: LETKEY/AFP/Getty Images)

“I want to thank the Libyan people, because they… if they had not done this, I think we would still be back in a so-called ‘alliance’ with Moammar Gadhafi. It never should’ve happened.” Cohen was referring to the recent warming of relations between the U.S. and Libya, which started when the Libyan leader gave up his nuclear program during the George W. Bush administration.

Whatever warming may have occurred between the U.S. and Libya was certainly doused when the U.S. backed the rebels and provided air power to stop the Gadhafi regime from killing civilians.

“You can not deal with him. You can not make deals with him. All the governments knew what was happening to the Libyan people… the human rights violations… but they turned a blind eye to  it because it was all about the oil.”

“I will be in grief, and pain and suffering for the rest of my life… but it makes a difference to know that he is gone,” Cohen said.

What’s your reaction to the death of Moammar Gadhafi? Sound off in our comments section.

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  1. CTruth says:

    Obviously, since Lester Cohen was convicted of passport fraud means that his book, “Trail of the Octupus” should be discredited?!?!??
    From your reply you certainly didn’t read the book.
    Also, you made no mention that he was the co-author of this book.
    federal convictions of Lester Coleman were an effort to silence him and to hide the truth about Pan Am Flight 103.

  2. Ctruth says:

    When you have informaiton that is generated to mislead because of a hidden agenda your opinions will be incorrect as well.

    If you would like to know the truth about all involved in the tragedy over Lockerbie Scotland read the ” Trail of The Octopus”.

    The Truth Shall Set You Free!

    1. Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Galván says:

      You mean the Lester Coleman book? Lester Coleman is a fraud! He was convicted in US and Kentucky state courts for fraud

  3. mukhwana moses says:

    The beginning justifies the end.all of us are bound to die by nature but gadafi resorted on killing his country men and even calling them rats!!.let the creator judge him by his deeds.No body has rights to take away ones life.I wish Egyptians,would forgive mubarak because he some how respected peoples lives even though,he new that he was going to face the law of the land.

  4. pay wahun says:

    Some International lawyers just lost potential client as the rebels made it easier for ICC to save what would have been a massive the legal cost to to put him on trial. Others may say that he lived what he preached – No International Court will prosecute or lay hands on me.

    This is a warning to Saleh of Yemen, Assad of Syria and many others who deprive their citizenry.

    1. Sanjuana Gabriela Enríquez Galván says:

      Saleh of Yemen has to do a balancing act, as there are many competing factions. He doesn’t control 100% of the country. The rivals to the throne have their own prison systems.

  5. Eye for an eye? says:

    Since when is assassination legal?

    1. VAL says:

      Would you like to go live in Libya? This “assassination” was justified many times over.

    2. CT Native says:

      It wasn’t assassination. A mudering coward was gunned down, that’s all.

  6. Ellen says:

    Now it’s time to really celebrate. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    1. CTruth says:

      When you have informaiton that is generated to mislead because of a hidden agenda your opinions will be incorrect as well.

      If you would like to know the truth about all involved in the tragedy over Lockerbie Scotland read the ” Trail of The Octopus”.

      The Truth Shall Set You Free!

    2. CTruth says:

      Before NATO and the U.S. started bombing Libya, the United Nations was preparing to bestow a humanitarian award on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi

  7. Liberals Are Evil says:

    What goes around, comes around! This monster killed many…now the world is rid of this evil!

    1. Janet Harrison says:

      And a liberal helped to make it happen.

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