Qaddafi: Return To Sender

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And so, it has been proven that the King of Kings of Africa, the Guide of the People was a mere mortal who bled red like the rest of the Libyan people he tortured and executed. For once, his hands were covered in his own blood and not others’. The circumstances of his demise are still unclear. His eighty-vehicle strong convoy was annihilated by strafes of fire from NATO gunships as he was escaping westward from Surt, his hometown and final stronghold. He sustained injuries from that attack, but he was alive when rebel fighters pulled him out of a culvert where he was holed up not far from the site of the attack. Whether he bled to death or was vengefully executed by his captors is unknown at this time.

The blurry videos and pictures of Qaddafi’s capture and death broadcast on al-Jazeera and other Arab networks, sinister war trophies purloined from history by a bitter crowd, depicted a bloodied and livid man verbally degraded and physically abused by his captors. I deplore the unfair death of any man no matter how despicable he might be, but it is understandable how the young rebels, being primarily a civilian armed force driven more by reprisal than professional military discipline, could fail to stop on a dime and lack magnanimousness towards a dictator who brutalized so many. They seethed in a claustrophobic police state without a voice for so long that when they finally came face to face with the dictator that gagged them, they had to sound as loud as machine guns.

No one really cares. Everyone in Libya is ecstatic that the leader of the revolution who spoke the mind he lost is dead. They see it as a fitting end for an egotistic and self-delusional murderer who, when they peacefully voiced their grievances, formed his goons and hired mercenaries into dead squads to kill the men and rape the women.“I am a glory that Libya cannot forgo and the Libyan people cannot forgo, nor the Arab nation, nor the Islamic nation, nor Africa, nor Latin America, nor all the nations that desire freedom and human dignity and resist tyranny! Muammar Qaddafi is history, resistance, liberty, glory, revolution!” he proclaimed in February in his inimitable way. He gave a whole new meaning to the enlightening words Steve Jobs shared with students at the commencement speech to the Stanford class of 2005—“Stay hungry and stay foolish”.

Would it have been ideal to mete out institutional justice to Qaddafi and the nation’s erstwhile tormentors in his employ? Of course. It would demonstrate that the populace has a stronger esteem for the rule of law and would have set the future Libya on a solid path to democracy. In essence, is it not a total absence of equity that the Libyan people reproach to the rule of Qaddafi? But Libyans feel that his death brings an immediate measure of closure to forty-two years of Praetorian governance a lengthy trial could never deliver. The people are so traumatized that they no longer want to see his unbridled oratory theatrics, hear him spew invectiveness on the rebels, agonizingly rant about how Libya is victim of a Zionist, U.S., and NATO conspiracy to steal Libya’s oil and gold, and boastfully claim he is the Brother Leader of the Revolution who brought glory to the Libyans.

After the euphoria of freedom dims, the challenge of building a consensus around a central government will become more immediate. The dangers of widespread fighting among tribes and factions for influential portfolios in the next government are palpable. The Transitional National Council has been criticized as being opaque and unrepresentative of all Libyans; It has failed to assuage the fears of residents whose relationship with armed militias that are supposedly maintaining order has become fractious and confused. Its leaders have already announced they will resign once victory is attained. Now that the primary and unifying mission of the rebels has been accomplished, the conflicting and hidden agendas of Libya’s power brokers, some funded by the U.S. and NATO while others are supported by China, Russia, or Iran, will emerge. The fighters will consolidate along tribal and geographic lines. This problem was already apparent when multiple rebel groups from different cities and with distinct tribal affiliations clashed with each other in Tripoli. Qaddafi might have died, but the violent culture that fed his youth is still the source of intellectual nourishment for most Libyans. As Che Guevara once said: ” cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel.” It will take tremendous political willpower and restrain and civic selflessness from all to navigate the next formative stages of Libya’s future and prevent the chaos Qaddafi had eerily predicted would ensue upon his removal.

A. T. B. © 2011

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4 Responses to Qaddafi: Return To Sender

  1. DavidDaoud says:

    I find myself wishing to see some Western political leaders bloodied and humiliated in the way we have seen Gaddafi bloodied, people like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
    It’s difficult to reach a consensus on how Libyans feel about their long time leader’s death.
    I have this from one Libyan:
    Adam, how do the majority of Libyans feel about the death of Gaddafi?
    Are most people feeling sad? Are they feeling angry with NATO?

    Adam:
    NOT only sad! Its something what is impossible to describe!!! HE was our leader during 42 years!!! And now this Islamics radicals which was release by Kaddafi from prison exactly one year ago ( in october 2010) killed him!!!!! GREAT SORROW!!!!! THE people who like him sitting at home and cry!!!

  2. Anonyme says:

    @David Daoud
    I can’t help but see some serious intellectual cowardice in your argument.
    How can ANY Libyan, save for those idiots that were the arms and eyes of Gadhafi’s regime, like that ignoble dictator? How? I simply fail to see how.
    As to who you are, and what makes you utter such nonsense, your name is a CLEAR indication of where you’re coming from. I will not go as far as stating the obvious. Never mind the nonsense that it was Islamists that settled their scores with Gadhafi after he let them loose. This such nonsense that only a moron would utter that I will not even bother pointing to the weaknesses of your arguments.
    Taking the opinion of ONE Libyan, never mind that he probably exists only in your twisted mind, and extrapolating to a whole nation is beyond meaningless. It’s simply nonsense.
    Just turn on your TV and tune it to the Libyan national TV and you will see for yourself.
    Were there Islamists fighting Gadhafi? Probably a ton of them, but to say that they are the ONLY ones that were fighting him is a sure sign of a twisted mind and a twisted perspective.

  3. Mohamed Brahimi says:

    Daoud,
    I don’t feel bad for Adam at all. Pay back is a bitch! This Islamists narrative is becoming so played out it shows a sharp deficit of imagination on those who are going to be relegated by the new status quo
    As a Muslim, I believe that it is strictly forbidden to desecrate a human body, but I have to confess to the sick satisfaction I was feeling while watching all the videos after the goriness that followed Gaddafi’s capture.

  4. From the looks of it, Gaddafi’s execution was a political execution, in the lines of the execution of Najibullah of Afghanistan in 1996. While I agree that Khaddafi had to go at some point, the method of how he was toppled is problematic. Is Libya in the hands of the Islamists any better, really?

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