Address to the Nation on the United States Air Strike Against Libya, April 14, 1986

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April 14, 1986

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One of the most newsworthy events of [1886] was our air raid on Libya. We had irrefutable proof that Colonel Qadhafi was responsible for bombing a disco in West Germany that had killed some U.S. military people. We also had proof Qadhafi’s terrorists were responsible for shooting up an airport. The terrorists had used Tunisian passports, passports that Qadhafi had confiscated when he ejected the Tunisian workers from Libya.

We had to show him he couldn’t get away with such things. We had absolutely no intention of hitting civilian buildings, including his - although to be honest I wouldn’t have shed any tears if that stray bomb that got his tent had gotten him, too.

- Ronald Reagan -