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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    is Gadhafi still in charge?

    April 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Yes, where he is I don't think anyone has said though

      April 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzzz

    I remember this cause of the hit on Berlin, I am almost a 100 % German.

    The United States air assault on Libya in April 1986 marked the first major American military response to modern terrorism. The immediate cause was a terrorist bombing in West Berlin ten days earlier, an incident to which U.S. intelligence sources linked Libyan strongman Muammar Qadhafi. The response of President Ronald Reagan was a massive bombing raid on facilities in Tripoli and Benghazi, the country's two major cities. Although the 1986 attacks did not bring an end to Qaddafi's state-sponsored terrorism—the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, occurred less than two years later—it marked the first step on a long road toward open confrontation with terrorism and terror-sponsoring states.

    April 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    Hope my posts are getting better? I still can't stand my Cell though, It will throw words in front of what I am typing and cant seem to delete them if they are bolded, so I guess I will have to start a new text message from now on.

    April 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |

    What i dont understand is that he claimed responsibility for the panam103 thing... so why didnt we just blow him completely up?

    April 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzzzz

    As far as I remember of the aftermath, Qadhafi's cooled his interests in international terrorism after April 1986. After a protracted battle of words, in March 1999 he agreed to turn over two suspects in the Lockerbie bombing but claimed that the Americans who carried out the 1986 bombing raids should be charged for killing 31 people and wounding 226 others.

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    April 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    Sorry I have to go do my housework but will be back later, Ruff

    April 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sir Tomas

    His adopted child (an orphan Kadafi the monster was giving life) was killed by Reagan! How just! A monster helping a child of misfortune, a poor child killed by an angel; but the world says it is fine. Who are we?

    April 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikola

      Sir Thomas,

      You make many assumptions to reach your conclusion. However, your statement that Reagan killed a child is foolisshness. When Ghaddafi ordered the bombing of the German night club in 1986, he was daring the US to fight. We elected to fight and it hurt him badly. The result of this is that if he doesn't want to be hurt and to live in peace, don't goad countries that can retaliate for youe actions. Nothing would have happened to that little girl if her father had not ordered the killing of those people in Germany. He brought that destruction down on himself. Judge for yourself who is the devil and the angel. Ghadaffi simply reaped what he had sown.

      April 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |

      To answer your question Sir Tomas,we're the true monsters here since we had a monster running the White House or rather his wife,Nancy was. Nancy Reagan was extremely full of hate. From hateful people you get hateful policies,but we Americans through our own arrogance and self-righteousness think that's quite OK!!!

      April 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |

    we didnt have the smart weapons we do now...

    April 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jazzzzzzzz

    Are you sure about that thought we used them in vietnam. I'm working my way into the kitchen

    April 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jazzzzzzzz

    Sorry you mean the "smart weapons" of today that are better than what they were in the 70" and 80"s

    April 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |

    i think back in the day.. they would just target an area and blow it up..

    now they just point a laser and ka-blewey..

    April 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jazzzzzzzz - Jazzin in the Kitchen

    Yes, We can shoot a object with pint-point precision. Can't remember the yards... maybe feet.

    April 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzz - Jazzin in the Kitchen

    Darn, "Pin-Point"

    April 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz - Jazzin in the Kitchen

    O, still me just copying Mmmmm Singin in the shower. That guy cracks me up.

    April 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy

    We have become a nation of insatiable thirst for the macabre. The V T shooting were so brutal...I can't imagine anyone wanting to relive those moments again and again.

    April 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gloria

      so true; it's awful to be reminded of that terrible day.

      April 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      I live in Houston, Texas. Just days ago a tragedy was averted at one of our suburban districts when students warned administrators of a developing potentially deadly plan. Had those students NOT been reminded every so often, would they have taken action? Past history says probably not. Police tactics have been changed to allow FIRST officers on scene to attempt to engage shooter(s). Whatever mistakes have been made in the past need to be REMEMBERED, painful as it is. I support anything that will end the carnage we have too often witnessed.

      April 17, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
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