We don’t need any more sanctimoniously hypocritical nonsense about whether or not Gaddafi was “murdered in cold blood” or whatever….
Admittedly, because Gaddafi was not taken alive, the legal profession has missed-out on yet another Lawyer Bonanza – this one would have lasted YEARS. So perhaps a gunshot to the head was the best way to have dealt with old Muammar.
The fact is that when, on August 24th 2011, a Benghazi businessman offered a reward of £1 million for Gaddafi “dead or alive”, there was little chance of the Old Dictator ever having an Idi Amin-type retirement in Saudi.
I remember thinking at the time of the reward announcement, that it was a tad undignified and not very statesmanlike of Mustafa Abdel Jalil, Chairman of the National Transition Council of Libya, to endorse the reward for Gaddafi’s head. Especially as Jalil used to be Libya’s Minister of Justice.
Mind you, Jalil had been the very first senior Libyan politician to resign from Gaddafi’s gang (February 2011). That resulted in The Gaddafi regime offering a bounty of $400,000, for his capture.
Two days before supporting the “dead or alive” approach to Gaddafi, Jalil had said that people must “not take justice into their own hands”. He had also said that he hoped the dictator would be “captured alive.”
THAT will be Jalil’s big problem – how to prevent Libyan citizens from taking justice into their own hands.
Most will be pretty neutral on the “Democracy – no Democracy issue”. What they really want are the trappings of Western-style affluence.
So, once the big guns have been unbolted from the Toyota pickups and the AK47s handed-in and all 150 Libyan tribes decided to live in harmony – all will be well.
Otherwise, there will be a quite sudden slide into Iraq-type chaos as fundamentalists in oversized vests start going “boom” in crowded places.
(Looks as if Libya is about to receive its very first lesson in Western-style Democracy. The United Nations Human Rights office has called for an “full investigation” into Gaddafi’s death. Their very first Inquiry! Witnesses, statements, cross-examinations……..not a bad consolation prize for the Lawyers!)