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The Price of Terror: How the Families of the Victims of Pan Am 103 Brought Libya to Justice Paperback – November 12, 2002

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About the Author

Allan Gerson is currently Research Professor of International Relations at George Washington University. An authority on international law, he earned his doctorate at Yale University and has lectured and published widely in the field. During the Reagan administration, he served as counsel to United Nations ambassadors Jeane Kirkpatrick and Vernon Walters, and also held senior positions at the U.S. Department of Justice. Most recently, he served as Senior Fellow for International Law and Organizations at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (November 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060957018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060957018
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,548,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 occurred over a quarter century ago and it is still in the news. There is an unrelenting band of deniers who still maintain that the convicted killer, Megrahi, was an innocent dupe, and the Libyans were not responsible. This is, of course, rubbish, and the book by Gerson and Adler is well worth reviewing to show the guilt of the Libyans in an act of state sponsored terrorism.
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When you go to the airport, if a piece of baggage is not matched with a boarding passenger then it is removed from the cargo hold. If the passenger fails to board the plane, the luggage is supposed to removed from the plane. Unfortunately, Pan Am 103 was a symbol of security failures by a struggling airline that was trying to stay afloat. Pan Am was the star of the airline industry. Service was first rate and travel was a luxury that few were lucky to ride in style. I never flown Pan Am before it's end in 1991 after failed mismanagement and the Pan Am 103 disaster over Lockerbie, Scotland. People probably thought that once Pan Am was out of the airline industry, it would solve the problems. They couldn't be further from truth. Going to an airport is a harrowing ordeal even on just a domestic flight.

The Price of Terror is a book about the price that the Families of Pan Am 103 wanted justice. Sadly, they never got the justice nor they ever will of what they deserved. This year, the only convicted one was released on compassionate appeal because he has prostate cancer. The Scottish government sent him home. Unfortunately, his release brought about outrage but not enough. The families have been hurting for 21 years. Last year was the 20th anniversary of the disaster, they were 259 people including crew and passengers aboard the Pan Am 747 Clipper Maid of the Seas. Sadly, none of the press was there to pay attention. The families of Pan Am 103 fought entirely to never let this happen again. Sadly, it happened on September 11, 2001. According the 9-11 documents, if they had followed the Pan Am 103 recommendations for security then a catastrophe could have been avoided on September 11, 2001. Maybe it was complacency or a false sense of security.
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