Gotta Watch: Virginia Tech shooting, 1986 U.S.-Libya airstrikes
Thousands of people attend a candlelight vigil on the campus of Virginia Tech on April 17, 2007, in Blacksburg, Virginia.
April 16th, 2011
02:53 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Virginia Tech shooting, 1986 U.S.-Libya airstrikes

Remembering the Virginia Tech shootings - During the early morning hours of April 16, 2007, Cho Seung-Hui went on a shooting rampage that left 32 of his fellow students dead. The tragedy shook the campus of Virginia Tech and raised questions as to whether school officials reacted quickly enough. CNN's Brian Todd recounts the first moments of the shootings.

1986: U.S. launches airstrike on Libya - On April 15, 1986, The United States launched an airstrike on Libya. Hours after the attack President Ronald Reagan made a televised address to the American people. In his address, he called the bombings an act of self-defense following the bombing of a West Berlin club that killed two American servicemen and injured several others.

Libyan President Col. Moammar Gadhafi's residential compound suffered a direct hit during the bombings. As a result, the Libyan leader's adopted daughter, Hanna Gadhafi, was killed.

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  1. leeintulsa

    I joined the navy because of Mo. He's a classic bad guy, and i have no prob with taking him out. Had a prob with iraq. First feel good war in awhile

    April 17, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. lexter

    leeintulsa said "First feel good war in a while." I understand that some folks may justify a war as a way to protect their self image, but this looks like promoting war as a way of enhancing self image.

    April 17, 2011 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    Back in 1986 Ronald Reagan went on one of his rampages and bombed both Tripoli and Benghazi in Libya. Those raids should never have taken place,but this country was on a right-wing binge so most people supported it. That's what triggered the 1988 Lockerbee bombing in retaliation. I say that two wrongs never make a right!!!

    April 17, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Well put,RUFFNUTT. Thank you.

      April 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. IKHAN

    @Sir Thomas

    when women & children are killed in bombing raids, with cruise missi or drone attcks in missions undertaken by us, its either a mistake or collateral damage. Though these missions are planned & premeditated.
    sure we have smart bombs & such.
    @Ruffnutt
    Yes. Two wrongs never make a right

    Our propensity for violence is waxing & has to be contained or the cycle of violence that the world is witnessing would never break. Core issues must be recognized not deliberately concealed and resolved.
    We shall have to reduce the size of our military boot print in countries where people want us out and seriously get down to resolving issues like Israel-palestinian conflict with honesty of purpose, intervention in Iraq & Afghanistan etc.
    We shall have to rethink our whole M.East policy in view of the winds of change that are now b.lowing in the Arab world.
    just getting up & going on bombing raids would never be the answer.

    April 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Thank you,IKHAN. That was well stated. Anyone who thinks that bombing another country,killing civilians is OK is either quite ignorant or morally depraved!

      April 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sir TOMAS

    The old policies for Africa are obsolete. The Egyptians and Tunisians has proven this by forcing change in the face of brutality. It's time we start something new, maybe empower the commoners to make major contribution to the world instead of oppressing and trying to control them. 🙂

    April 17, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sir TOMAS

    @Ruffnut: some division agencies must be behind the web using your name because they like it! Sorry I responded to that nonsensical post thinkng I was adressing you. Poor Ruff, u'd be dead innocently by now if my post was a reactionary bomb. You're save though, sorry again! 🙂

    April 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sir TOMAS

    I feel u ikhan. I wonder how the news media here would like it if the table were to spin the other way. I am 200% zoblazo sure they won't take anything as a mistake/colateral and put in the damage check. USA

    April 18, 2011 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. Thomas R. Clauss

    We are all proud of the courage of the Arab people in seeking change.

    April 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Felix Travis Clauss

    The Arabs have a great deal of courage to want a free state.

    April 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
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