Like a rat from a drain …


Where the rat was found ...

Muammar Qaddafi`s death takes the Arab Spring one crucial stage further on it`s path: This is the first Arab despot to uprooted by force and killed in this wave of uprisings. We can only hope that Libya will now move to democracy without further bloodshed as this pan-continental rebellion is about nothing if it is not about the people giving a mandate by electing a government.

The former ruler of Libya met his end in his home town of Sirte, killed, the National Transitional Council say, with a single bullet to the head, mown down by crossfire after his capture. Few Libyans can have believed the events of the past few months possible.


Reaction has been near-universal – though some may query the circumstances of his death, and many more believe it would have been better had he been tried, few are mourning his grisly end – least of all those who suffered under his regime, victims whose voices we should hear above all others.

The former ruler of Libya met his end in his home town of Sirte, killed, the National Transitional Council say, with a single bullet to the head, mown down by crossfire after his capture.

This war has been different. It is no longer orchestrated by the United States, but has risen from the Libyan people themselves, whilst assisted by the forces of NATO. Considering Qaddafi`s armaments it was wholly justified that the international community should try to prevent the previous regime from committing wholesale slaughter on the people of Libya.

This victory for the ordinary Libyan will spur on the population of Syria and Yemen, who must by now be aware  that their efforts are likely not in vain. Qaddafi is but the first in a line of tyrants that persihed becquse of his own stubborn stupidity. He had the chance to leave his country and he arrogantly rejected the notion.

Confusion surrounds the fate of other members of Gaddafi’s family and inner circle. An NTC representative said up to 17 senior members of the Gaddafi regime have been apprehended or killed. His son Mutassim has been killed but reports say Saif al-Islam has fled.

The irony lies in the fact that he referred to the rebels as `rats` but it is Qaddafi who has been mercilessly slaughtered in a drain under a highway. God, if he exists, certainly works in mysterious ways.

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