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Local Congressman, professor: Intervention in Libya was necessary

News 12 First at 5 / Monday, March 21, 2011

AIKEN, S.C.---Thomas Wood remembers the terrorist attack that happened over his native Scotland in 1988.

"At the time, I was a teenager and I was living in a town that I would say was about 40-50 miles from where the airliner came down," he told News 12.

He's now a political science professor at USC Aiken, but he remembers the bombing of an American airliner that killed all of its passengers and crashed into people on the ground in the city of Lockerbie.

"I have vivid memories of both the sheer shock the people experienced," he said. "This airliner had fallen on people's houses."

Some in Libya are now saying their own leader Moammar Gaddafi ordered the attacks 23 years ago. He's now ordered loyal forces to silence freedom-hungry rebels in his country.

"42 years of his kind of rule is more than enough," said Congressman John Barrow (D-GA).

Congressman Barrow was happy to see that the US is now stopping his attacks on Libyan civilians by helping to install a No Fly Zone.

"I think it reflects the right amount of involvement by the right number of parties," he said.

However, he says that Libya will not be the United States' new Iraq.

"It's a very limited engagement--very limited involvement to give the people in Libya the opportunity to defend themselves and assert their own interests in the future of their own government," he told News 12.

Back at USC Aiken, Dr. Wood agrees.

"There's another very different dimension . . . this is truly an international effort. You have countries such as France, even countries around the region--some Arab countries--offering support for this operation," he said.

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