Today, Americans join with Libyans around the world in marking the one-year anniversary of their historic revolution. When Muammar Qadhafi chose to meet peaceful cries for liberty with military force, the Libyan people courageously fought back, and the world was inspired. That Benghazi and, indeed, all of Libya, are no longer menaced by a tyrant is a credit to the profound sacrifices of the Libyan people.
There are still significant challenges ahead for Libya. The work of building a strong, open society is arduous, including reintegrating militias into civilian life, securing weapons stockpiles, resettling thousands of refugees and displaced persons, and protecting the human rights of all people in Libya.
As Libya tackles these challenges, the United States, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, and our other international partners stand ready to help. As they create a new society, the Libyan people have a strong partner in the United States of America, who will not soon forget the hope that began on February 17 or the innumerable sacrifices that followed.