Remembering Pan Am 103

10.20.11 | Jeremy Miller

It's an amazing feeling to witness a day that will be marked in the world's history books -- and that's just what we have witnessed today. Libyan Dictator Muammar Qaddafi was killed early this morning in an airstrike carried out by NATO forces, bringing to a close the civil war that has raged in Libya since February. Qaddafi's death was welcome news to those who survived his rule and the victims of the atrocities he was allegedly behind. Qaddafi had long been accused of encouraging, sponsoring and instigating acts of terrorism. One of the most infamous was the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people -- 189 of them Americans -- 35 of which were Syracuse University students returning home from studying in London. The man convicted of the bombing was Abdel Basset al Megrahi. He was released by Scottish Authorities 2 years ago on compassionate grounds after bing diagnosed with terminal cancer. Qaddafi gave al Megrahi a hero's welcome in Libya. Ironically, the convicted terrorist and murderer has outlived the tyrannical dictator that many believed to have been the mastermind of the Lockerbie bombing.