The Brutal Murder of Colonel Gadhafi : Eye For An Eye!

Posted: October 24, 2011 in Colonel Gaddafi, Libya
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The stunning videos of the brutal killing of the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gadhafi is shocking. The bloody images have gone viral on the Internet. While I write this piece, Gadhafi’s lifeless body, still lies in a refrigerated former supermarket in Misurata. They have not given him a decent Muslim burial in accordance with Islamic principles, and this is bad.

Despite Gadhafi’s s authoritarian if not egocentric ways, the way they executed him is really sickening, he was executed in cold blood, it is summary execution. He should have been given a fair trial and he deserved it as a human.  Some video footage shows him asking for mercy from his captors. Come on, he is human, we all know he has been cruel in the past but why to go down to such low level ? I too never liked Gadhafi but I believe in democracy, rule of law and justice, and for me, even Gadhafi deserved a fair trial.

The circumstances of  Gadhafi’s death has raised serious questions about the commitment of America, NATO, National Transitional Council (NTC not THC) and the Rebel forces, to democracy and human rights. The World must call for an investigation. It is very disturbing. It is a fundamental principle of international law that people accused of serious crimes should if possible be tried.  As far as I know summary executions is illegal. It is different if someone is killed in combat.

For me, Libya has failed its first democratic test, with vengeance and bloodlust triumphing over due process, the rule of law, and justice. NATO is deeply complicit in this. The role of western powers, especially the United Kingdom, France, and the United States is a sorry saga of violent regime.

Anyway I hope if the NTC genuinely wants to set Libya on the right path, it would do well to begin by conducting an honest and impartial investigation into Gadhafi’s killing.

I wonder, does the West want democracy in Libya or just a friendly regime that will give it access to Libya’s oil? Or is it because of United States huge debts it hatched a conspiracy to own the oil reserves in Libya? Makes me think!

Anyway, Muammar Gadhafi will certainly not be mourned as a great leader of his people. But don’t forget that his rule did bring about positive changes for Libya, notably in health, education, and infrastructure development. In contrast to other Arab states, it also gave Libyans a consciousness about their oil wealth as a national resource.

It is so disappointing that Malaysia expressed no concern at Gadhafi’s violent end. Najib Tun Razak, why so quite about this, surely you could have done better!

  1. Shyam says:

    The international media, influenced by the Americans, has successfully painted Gaddafi as a hard-core dictator, tyrant or whatever you want to call him. However, the media as usual has also failed to show the kind, giving Gaddafi we never heard of. Gaddafi unlike most dictators has managed to show his humane side, the very side we dream of seeing in other dictators. I consider Libyans lucky to a certain extent and one wonders with the new democratic rule they cry for will it improve or worsen life for them. Yes, Gaddafi has spent millions of Libya`s money on personal ventures but is the average Libyan poor? We know others who take a country and destroy it until you feel like there is no hope of restoring this country… looting some prefer to call it. Did Gaddafi loot Libya in any way?
    Now let us get to the unknown facts about the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi:

    1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
    2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.
    3. Home considered a human right in Libya – Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafi’s father has died while him, his wife and his mother are still living in a tent.
    4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.

    Traditional wedding in Tripoli, Libya
    5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.
    6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kick-start their farms – all for free.
    7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it – not only free but they get US$2,300/mth accommodation and car allowance.
    8. In Libyan, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
    9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.
    10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.

    Great Man-Made River project in Libya… $27 billion
    11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
    12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
    13. A mother who gave birth to a child receive US$5,000
    14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15
    15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree
    16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.

    Which other dictator has done so much good for his people?


  2. Cobra Nair says:

    Everything goes up must come down, if u make a mistake once, its ok, but if he continues over & over again, & even d court cannot take action against him, then the rakyat will deceide what to do.” If men are so wicked with religion around, what would they be without one” Quote Cobra Nair. The rakyat are not things to be molded but tyrant leaders are to be folded. The BN leaders must learn from this.So behave yourselves. Time is near for you too.


  3. Azeza Ibrahim says:

    The fate of despotic rulers is sealed. Gadhafi was no exception. Malaysia must step in and offer all possible assistance to the new regime. Let us hope the Libyan National Transitional Council will facilitate an early transition of Libya into a functional democracy.


  4. Quarashi says:

    Thursday was a shameful day for all of us who allowed the western world to get away with another cold blooded murder with impunity. At least now let us see the “liberation” for what it was — an illegal invasion to usurp the oil resources of a nation.


  5. Ashok Jayaram says:

    Nato’s role in bringing Gadhafi’s regime to an end shows that its real intentions are to put in place a pliable regime in Libya so that the West can access its oil resources.

    It is also shocking to learn that the NTC’s commander is affiliated to the al-Qaeda. History seems to be repeating itself in Libya. The situation is similar to the creation of the Taliban in Afghanistan, where the U.S.’ sole aim was to remove communism. The imperialist forces will have no compunction in encouraging similar forces in Libya, as long as they can lay their hands on its oil resources.


  6. Jevan says:

    Selva, you are right in pointing out that the supposedly democratic government of Libya, National Transitional Council, has miserably failed its democratic test by letting vengeance triumph over the rule of law. The bombing of Libya and the killing of Muammar Gadhafi certainly raise the suspicion that the “humanitarian intervention” was an eyewash to gain access to the oil wealth of the country. Gadhafi was no doubt a tyrant but he will be remembered as one of the very few leaders who dared to resist the bullying ways of the U.S. and the West.


  7. Anonymous says:

    The way the people of Libya treated the body of their one-time leader was beyond imagination. It lay in a meat locker. The world is getting increasingly intolerant, merciless and selfish.


  8. George says:

    His body is now kept to be shown like a freak show, he deserves it. What goes around comes around, simple! This is for playing with “Karma”, too bad.


  9. Risad G. says:

    Really, Mr. Silvaraja ? This man was a murderer of thousands of Libyans and was responsible for the killing of many in the Pan Am attack. In the end he deserved to die like a common criminal. And what are you talking about, muslim burial ? He never acted like a muslim . He should be fed to the pigs and wild dogs !!!


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