Justice for the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103

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It's unfortunate that Qaddafi won't be standing trial for the crimes he committed against his own people, and against others. But it's good to hear that the his death has brought some relief to the survivors of the Americans he murdered in the skies over Lockerbie, Scotland. Eli Lake reminds me of this particularly disgusting boast Qaddafi made not long ago:

Each family of the victims of the Pan Am 103 bombing in 2009 received $10 million from the Libyan government in compensation for the act of terrorism. The payments were a condition of Gaddafi deal to normalize relations with the United States, after the Libyan dictator disclosed to U.S. and British intelligence his nuclear weapon program. When Libya finally did make the payments, Gaddafi bragged that the money he was giving the families he had made back from western oil companies ready to explore his country's vast petroleum reserves.

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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