I know that I’ve said this before, but I hope that this is at the very least the end of beginning for Libya.
Seven months and three blog posts later, Gaddafi has been dragged through the streets of Sirte, whether dead or alive no-one knows yet, to thunderous celebrations across the country.
However now that the euphoria has died down somewhat, the ugly side of Gaddafi’s demise has emerged.
Now I’m certainly not going to mourn him and Libya is better off without him overshadowing the reconstruction process. However again, as I said with Osama Bin Laden’s death back in May the manner of his death is not a cause for celebration.
No-one is exactly sure how it happened but it seems to me that he was just left to the mob.I can’t imagine a more brutal way to die.
I do think its a shame, it may not do too much for Libya to see him brought before a war crimes tribunal but it would certainly bring to light the duplicity of other world leaders over the past forty years.
I’m sure Tony Blair will be sleeping easier now he knows that Gaddafi won’t live to tell his tale.
I’m not going to sit here and condemn the actions of the rebels the way everyone else will inevitably. I will not condone it either but I really don’t think they’ve done anything that any other person in any country of the world wouldn’t do.
I’m all for the condemnation of actions, punishment and holding people to account but the sanctimonious way people condemn other people’s actions as if they wouldn’t do the same in the same situation bothers me. Its hypocritical.
These people have been bullied, brutalised and threatened by Gaddafi for the past forty years. He threatened to kill everyone that stood against them. If you want to quote some famous writer (as commentators seem to in these situation) then I would go with Shakespeare or Macbeth in particular:
‘Who could refrain who had a heart to love and in that heart, courage to make love known’