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!