Day After: Gadhafi Death Brings Relief, Reflection

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The death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi marks a major milestone in the country's history and the reign of terror he perpetrated there and around the world. 

Word of his demise prompted both rejoicing and somber reflection.

On Thursday, jubilant Libyans poured into Tripoli's streets as word of Gadhafi's death spread. Crowds of people waved flags, chanted and danced as they began to comprehend that Gadhafi, Libya's dictator for 42 years, was dead. 

The nation's prime minister was somber as he delivered the news.

"We have been waiting for this moment for a long time," Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was amazed when she first found out, simply saying "Wow."

Relief, Closure

Meanwhile, family members of the 243 victims killed in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, were relieved.

"I've been dreaming of this day for 20 years," said Brian Flynn, whose brother was among those killed on the flight.

Judy Avritt, whose husband perished in the attack, was also relieved.

"It wasn't like I rejoiced or anything because I've kind of moved on from all with that," she said. "I try to live in the present."

"I knew that one day he would die," she added. "And now he has to face the Lord and has to answer for what he has done."

Kamal Saleem is a former Islamic terrorist who once had ties to Gadhafi. Saleem, now a Christian and author of the book "The Blood of the Lambs," explained the significance of the strongman's demise, on CBN News Channel Morning News, Oct. 21.

One group of Libyan college students in Texas heard the news of Gadhafi's death from family and friends.

"For me it was a sense of closure," said Nadeen Mustafa, a student at the University of St. Thomas.

"I was also careful not to celebrate a death," Mustafa said. "It was exciting because finally we could come to peace with the passing of the regime. It was solidified."

NATO Exit Strategy
Meanwhile, NATO officials are meeting to decide when and how to end the bombing campaign in the North African nation.
"It's still not clear who the rebels are, and while it may be the end of the war, it's only the beginning of the transition," Daniel Keohane, with the EU Institute for Security Studies, told Reuters.
"So much depends on how the rebels manage the situation on the ground," he said.

The alliance may decide to keep air patrols flying over Libya for several more days until security stabilizes. 

But NATO officials say now that Gadhafi is dead, the seven-month campaign will end very soon.

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