Confirmed: Muammar Gaddafi Killed in Hometown of Sirte

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Libya, Mid-East, Military

It took decades for Libyans to rise up and months for Gaddafi to be ousted and killed.

From Reuters:

(Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is dead, Libya’s new leaders said, killed by fighters who overran his hometown and final bastion on Thursday. His bloodied body was stripped and displayed around the world from cellphone video.

Senior officials in the interim government, which ended his 42-year rule two months ago but had labored to subdue thousands of diehard loyalists, said his death opened the way for a declaration of “liberation” after eight months of war.

His body was expected in the long-standing rebel stronghold of Misrata, officials said as their Western sponsors held off from confirming that Gaddafi, a self-styled king of kings whom they had lately courted after decades of enmity, was dead at 69.

After Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril confirmed his demise, the new national flag, resurrected by rebels who forced Gaddafi from his capital Tripoli in August, filled streets and squares as jubilant crowds whooped for joy and fired in the air.

And how many Americans lost their lives making this happen?

This serves as a good comparison between the foreign policy of the past two Presidents.


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7 Responses to “Confirmed: Muammar Gaddafi Killed in Hometown of Sirte”

  1. Tully Says:

    Well, no, it doesn’t really serve as a good comparison. Not just because there’s no truly analogous situations to compare, but because much of the revolutionary unrest in the Middle East the last two years is at least in part a consequence of previous US military actions. To large degree they’re non-separable.

    You might have noticed I’ve had nothing bad to say about our helping-hand efforts with NATO as regards Libya. Nor will I shed a single tear for poor violently departed Mo’. Hopefully the results of this will be good for the people of Libya in the long run. Even more hopefully they will be good for us as well, but the two things are not at all necessarily the same thing.

  2. Magnificent InvestmenT Says:

    “I can not be happy about the death of anyone, but increasingly the dictators
    are set to end that way.
    is a pity that a people’s struggle for their rights need to continue
    with more and more deaths … what Gaddafi saw it coming ….
    Hopefully that the National Transitional Council is not more of the same…
    I wish you Peace, respect and development for the Libyan people.”

  3. Brian Says:

    One thing that can be said for sure, he was a good looking man (snicker)…

  4. Justin Gardner Says:

    Well, no, it doesn’t really serve as a good comparison. Not just because there’s no truly analogous situations to compare, but because much of the revolutionary unrest in the Middle East the last two years is at least in part a consequence of previous US military actions. To large degree they’re non-separable.

    Tully, come on…you have a ruthless dictator who has committed atrocities against his people and the people have been trying to fight back for years. The difference this time? It’s not because they were more well armed. They had better communication. Note how Twitter and Facebook really helped fuel all of these situations. You can’t point to US military action in Iraq as a catalyst for this. Well, you can, but that’s a huge stretch.

    Long story short, we chose to support the rebels with air support instead of going in with ground troops. Just like Clinton did with Kosovo. Something to be said for that approach.

    Still, we share the same opinion about this ultimately ending up as a net positive for the Libyan people. The problem with unseating dictators is that they’ve been able to control so much for so long that when they leave, it’s complete chaos when it comes to infrastructure, power, etc. But something tells me they’re going to be just fine…

  5. Tully Says:

    And gee, they were all carbon-based life-forms with oxygen metabolisms … it’s a real stretch, Justin. Most such things are perforce regionally interrelated to some degree but still sui generis as applies to any country, and analogy can only be stretched so thin before it’s meaningless. Which nation already had a major portion of its armed forces and government leaders in open revolt against its dictator before outside forces weighed in, and which did not? Which nation was surrounded by other nations in disarray with their own active popular revolutions ongoiing, and which was not?

    Uh huh. One of these things is not like the other.

    With Libya, air power as part of the NATO coalition was about the only real option available to us other than talking loud but doing nothing. You’re right about the Kosovo comparison though — a much more analogous situation, NATO intervening in a nation already in the grips of a bloody civil war, with the US role limited to airpower and some minor (by numbers) peace-keeping forces AFTER the major dust had settled. You don’t send ground troops into the middle of a bloody civil war in the middle of the shooting.

    What happens next depends largely on which faction or coalition of factions gets their hands on the wheel, and manages to hang on. Throwing money into the country for infrastructure improvements is problematic until there is a new government capable of actually getting that money into those improvements, instead of it just following the grand pan-African tradition of disappearing into Swiss bank accounts and such.

  6. cranky critter Says:

    The revolutionary unrest in the Middle East the last two years is at least in part a consequence of previous US military actions. To large degree they’re non-separable.

    I was just thinking about this. I totally agree. And since we’re both non-ideologues, be both think that “at least in part” provides enough wiggle room that no one could serious disagree. And since this is not the first rodeo for either of us, we both know that a certain band of the political spectrum will go to their graves denying that there is ANY causal connection whatsoever. So it goes.

    I’ve always suspected (with no concrete proof whatsoever) that the real reason that we invaded Iraq on top of Afghanistan was that we knew Afghanistan lacked the foundation to become a working nation (democratic or otherwise), and so we needed a better location for our democracy starter home. A place with an actual economy, a middle class, some functioning institutions, a passing familiarity with modern society, and so on. Add in a dictator that no one would defend or miss, and power rangers are go, right?

    Only time will tell how many of the Arab springs will be followed by functioning constitutional democracies and how many by chaos, violence, and that whole lather rinse repeat. We can hope all we want, but it’s not going to be up to us. Personally, I don’t mind giving credit to Obama for understanding how our role needed to evolve and making pretty good choices.

  7. mercy Says:

    The long time fight has now yielded to death, will all the continents faced with the same issue too seek liberation in such a way? many have lost their lives just in the process of seeking to attack a single soul, even though am glad that Gaddafi’s death has now opened gates to liberty to the Libyan people.

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