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Obama Congratulates Libyans on Their Liberation Day

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2011 – President Barack Obama congratulated the Libyan people on their Liberation Day, saying the nation is beginning a “new era of promise.”

In Tripoli, leaders of the Transitional National Council declared today Liberation Day, thus officially ending 42 years of Moammar Gadhafi’s tyrannical rule. The Libyan ruler was killed Oct. 20 in Sirte.

Libyans greeted Liberation Day with jubilation, with many instances of celebratory gunfire heard across the nation.

“On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the people of Libya on today’s historic declaration of liberation,” Obama said in a written declaration released by the White House today. “After four decades of brutal dictatorship and eight months of deadly conflict, the Libyan people can now celebrate their freedom and the beginning of a new era of promise.”

But Obama noted that much hard work remains in Libya. He said the officials of the Transitional National Council must turn their attention to the political transition ahead.

“We look forward to working with the TNC and an empowered transitional government as they prepare for the country’s first free and fair elections,” the president said.

Obama called on Libyan leaders to respect human rights, to reconcile with Gadhafi’s followers and bring together disparate armed groups under government control. He also called on Libyan leaders to secure weapons and dangerous materials.

“As they take these steps, the United States will continue our close cooperation with our international partners and the U.N. support mission in Libya to help advance a stable, democratic transition,” he wrote.


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10/26/2011 4:38:52 PM
To Mr. Dale Young Believe it or not, Mr. Young, a lot of people join the military not for cynical reasons as to defend "European central banks" but for purely altruistic reasons like protecting the liberty of the American people and all free people whom yearn for freedom. If we wanted the oil why would we leave Iraq whom owns one third of the world's oil reserves? I think you need to re-evaluate your motives, and assertions, about the US Military and NATO at large. Kaddafi was one world class jerk and our guys, and ladies, did the right thing.
- Stephen Real, Columbia USA

10/24/2011 8:54:02 AM
President Obama and his administration have intentionally told the American people one lie after another about why U.S. military action was necessary against Muammar Gadhafi and Libya. It had nothing to do with protecting innocent Libyan civilians but everything to do with sustaining European central banks control in Africa, handing over Libya's oil resources to Western oil corporations, taking possession of the 500-mile Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System and halting Gadhafi's vision of a United States of Africa by ousting him from power through regime change. I'm still in disbelief our military was part of the blatant terrorism committed by NATO the last eight months against the people of Libya.
- Dave Young, USA

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