Qaddafi is killed

Saddam Hussein, Osama bin-Laden, and now Muammar Qaddafi:

Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the former Libyan strongman who fled into hiding after an armed uprising toppled his regime two months ago, met a violent and vengeful death Thursday in the hands of rebel fighters who stormed his final stronghold in his Mediterranean hometown Surt. At least one of his sons was also killed.

Al Jazeera television showed footage of Colonel Qaddafi, alive but bloody, as he was dragged around by armed men in Surt. The television also broadcast a separate clip of his half-naked torso, with eyes staring vacantly and an apparent gunshot wound to the head, as jubilant fighters fired automatic weapons in the air. A third video, posted on Youtube, showed excited fighters hovering around his lifeless-looking body, posing for photographs and yanking his limp head up and down by the hair.

Conflicting accounts quickly emerged about whether Colonel Qaddafi was executed by his captors, died from gunshot wounds sustained in a firefight, was mortally wounded in a NATO air strike on his escaping convoy or bled to death in an ambulance. But the images broadcast by Al Jazeera punctuated an emphatic and gruesome ending to his four decades as a ruthless and bombastic autocrat who had basked in his reputation as the self-styled king of kings of Africa.

“We have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Muammar Qaddafi has been killed,” Mahmoud Jibril, the prime minister of the Transitional National Council, the interim government, told a news conference in Tripoli. Mahmoud Shammam, the council’s chief spokesman, called it “the day of real liberation. We were serious about giving him a fair trial. It seems God has some other wish.”

via Qaddafi Is Dead, Libyan Officials Say – NYTimes.com.

So the War in Libya, in which the USA played second fiddle to NATO, was a success, with the rebels in power and the dictator dead, with no American lives lost.  (Anyone know the NATO casualties?)  So shall we give President Obama credit?  Or do you have mixed feelings about this?

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  • Tom Hering

    “(Anyone know the NATO casualties?)”

    Only one death, as far as I can tell.

    Wikipedia: “A British airman was killed in a traffic accident in Italy while part of a logistical convoy transferring supplies from the UK to NATO bases in the south of Italy from which air strikes were being conducted against Libya.”

  • Tom Hering

    “(Anyone know the NATO casualties?)”

    Only one death, as far as I can tell.

    Wikipedia: “A British airman was killed in a traffic accident in Italy while part of a logistical convoy transferring supplies from the UK to NATO bases in the south of Italy from which air strikes were being conducted against Libya.”

  • http://www.cyberbrethren.com Rev. Paul T. McCain

    Sic semper tyrannis.

  • http://www.cyberbrethren.com Rev. Paul T. McCain

    Sic semper tyrannis.

  • Joe

    Obama can have all the credit he wants for Libya. I suspect things there will not turn out so well. I think the reports of the mistreatment sub-Saharan or non-Arab Libyans (many been killed, entire villages found empty) is just the beginning of the unfortunate results of this action.

  • Joe

    Obama can have all the credit he wants for Libya. I suspect things there will not turn out so well. I think the reports of the mistreatment sub-Saharan or non-Arab Libyans (many been killed, entire villages found empty) is just the beginning of the unfortunate results of this action.

  • Mary

    My prayers are for the Christians in Libya. My guess is that they were not treated well under Qaddafi, but we have seen how they are being treated in the aftermath of the deposing of Mubarrak in Egypt . Christians have also fled Iraq for their own safety. Are Christians tolerated in Libya and will that continue? The Arab Spring has not been kind to professing Christians.

  • Mary

    My prayers are for the Christians in Libya. My guess is that they were not treated well under Qaddafi, but we have seen how they are being treated in the aftermath of the deposing of Mubarrak in Egypt . Christians have also fled Iraq for their own safety. Are Christians tolerated in Libya and will that continue? The Arab Spring has not been kind to professing Christians.

  • kenneth

    The Arab spring is a farce. I suspected at the begining that all of it, so optimistic, as many supposed, would fall to Islamic extremism and ultimately more terror in the region than ever before.

    Our prayer for the persecuted hopfully will rise to the heavens. Our support for our brothers now is of vital importance. Certainly we should send as much of goods and material as we can muster.

  • kenneth

    The Arab spring is a farce. I suspected at the begining that all of it, so optimistic, as many supposed, would fall to Islamic extremism and ultimately more terror in the region than ever before.

    Our prayer for the persecuted hopfully will rise to the heavens. Our support for our brothers now is of vital importance. Certainly we should send as much of goods and material as we can muster.

  • steve

    Shall we give Obama credit for interfering in the internal affairs and toppling the leader of a country with whom we were not war?

    Absolutely.

  • steve

    Shall we give Obama credit for interfering in the internal affairs and toppling the leader of a country with whom we were not war?

    Absolutely.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Joe (@3), remind me if you ever said something like this several years ago:

    Bush can have all the credit he wants for Iraq. I suspect things there will not turn out so well. I think the reports of the mistreatment Shi’a or Kurdish Iraqis (many been killed, entire villages found empty) is just the beginning of the unfortunate results of this action.

    Just wondering.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Joe (@3), remind me if you ever said something like this several years ago:

    Bush can have all the credit he wants for Iraq. I suspect things there will not turn out so well. I think the reports of the mistreatment Shi’a or Kurdish Iraqis (many been killed, entire villages found empty) is just the beginning of the unfortunate results of this action.

    Just wondering.

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  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Maybe Europe just shot itself in the foot.

    Gadhafi, Guarding the Gates

    Gadhafi in recent years has played up his role as a bulwark against African immigrants to Europe. Italy and Libya began joint naval patrols in 2008 to stop boatloads of illegal or trafficked immigrants from crossing the Mediterranean, and last year Libya signed a €50 billion deal with the European Union to manage its borders as a “transit country” for sub-Saharan Africans.

    Italian Foreign Minister Frattini said that some 2.5 million people in Libya — about a third of the population — are non-Libyan immigrants who would flee if the government fell.

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,747459,00.html

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    Maybe Europe just shot itself in the foot.

    Gadhafi, Guarding the Gates

    Gadhafi in recent years has played up his role as a bulwark against African immigrants to Europe. Italy and Libya began joint naval patrols in 2008 to stop boatloads of illegal or trafficked immigrants from crossing the Mediterranean, and last year Libya signed a €50 billion deal with the European Union to manage its borders as a “transit country” for sub-Saharan Africans.

    Italian Foreign Minister Frattini said that some 2.5 million people in Libya — about a third of the population — are non-Libyan immigrants who would flee if the government fell.

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,747459,00.html

  • steve

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20124389-503544/obama-congratulates-libya-on-liberation/

    “‘On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the people of Libya on today’s historic declaration of liberation,’ he said. ‘After four decades of brutal dictatorship and eight months of deadly conflict, the Libyan people can now celebrate their freedom and the beginning of a new era of promise.’”

    “At the celebration, which was attended by thousands of Libyans, interim leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil celebrated the victory and pledged to uphold Sharia law in the nation.

    ‘This revolution was looked after by God to achieve victory,’ he said.”

    My optimism is dwindling. Oh, and here’s more:

    “Karzai Says Afghanistan would back Pakistan in conflict [with US]”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/24/world/asia/karzai-says-afghanistan-would-back-pakistan-in-a-conflict-with-us.html?_r=1

    Now that’s money well spent.

  • steve

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20124389-503544/obama-congratulates-libya-on-liberation/

    “‘On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the people of Libya on today’s historic declaration of liberation,’ he said. ‘After four decades of brutal dictatorship and eight months of deadly conflict, the Libyan people can now celebrate their freedom and the beginning of a new era of promise.’”

    “At the celebration, which was attended by thousands of Libyans, interim leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil celebrated the victory and pledged to uphold Sharia law in the nation.

    ‘This revolution was looked after by God to achieve victory,’ he said.”

    My optimism is dwindling. Oh, and here’s more:

    “Karzai Says Afghanistan would back Pakistan in conflict [with US]”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/24/world/asia/karzai-says-afghanistan-would-back-pakistan-in-a-conflict-with-us.html?_r=1

    Now that’s money well spent.


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