The circumstances of his death were shrouded in lies and different accounts but there was footage which was hard to ignore. Captured alive Gaddafi was, it appeared, taunted, attacked, humiliated and then executed without further ado.
Then again there was also a feeeling of unease that maybe Gaddafi was killed in order to shut him up. It is fair to say that many people in high office in the Western World breathed a sigh of relief that they did not have to address the issue of this ousted dictator.
After what has become an international outcry about Gaddafi's killing the NTC, National Transitional Council of Libya, has now said that they will mete out justice. They claim it was their intention all along and has nothing to do with World pressure.
Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, vice chairman of the ruling National Transitional Council said, "With regards to Gaddafi, we do not wait for anybody to tell us. We had already launched an investigation. We have issued a code of ethics in handling of prisoners of war. I am sure that was an individual act and not an act of revolutionaries or the national army. Whoever is responsible for that (Gaddafi's killing) will be judged and given a fair trial."
With the NATO mission due to end in Libya this coming weekend there are still grave concerns. Russia's Vladamir Putin has expressed his digust at the excessive media coverage of Gaddafi's death. He is reported to have said, "Almost the entire Gaddafi family was killed. His body was shown on all the world channels. You could not watch without disgust.What is that?" Putin exclaimed. "They show a bloodied man, wounded, still alive but getting beaten to death. And they splash that all over the screen."
Many questions remain unanswered such as:
- Who will be tried for Gaddafi's death?
- Was the West complicit?
- What would the West have done if the boot was on the other foot, ie a Western person killed on air?
- Will NATO leave Libya now?
- If they do not how can they justify staying?
- If they do will Libya be able to cope?
- What will happen to Libya now?
- Was it all about oil, after all?