Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Buried unceremoniously in a secret location, the man who was lord of Libya for forty two years makes his exit from this world:

Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son Muatassim and a top aide have been buried at a secret location with a few relatives and officials in attendance, a Misrata military council official said today.
The capture and killing of Gaddafi - let us be truthful and admit what really happened - was the closing chapter in the bloody civil war which toppled him. I think it was very unpleasant to watch and, though he did not deserve it, I also felt pity for the old man. I've read from some people that this bodes ill for the future of Libya, and that revenge and extra-judicial murder will set a worrying trend. Perhaps, and then again perhaps not. De Gaulle gave the resistance forty eight hours to settle old scores and eliminate French people who had collaborated with the Nazi occupation. Whilst we can pontificate about right and wrong, the fact is that Libya went through an extraordinary experience of dictatorship, brutality and a civil war. In such extraordinary times, things we don't find tasteful might be necessary for the people and the country to move on.

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